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This image shows two glowing arcs flowing from a crowd into the Psyche spacecraft.

Psyche Inspired

The Birth of Psyche

Joyce Tsui

January 24, 2020

Major: Art studies

Genre/Medium: digital

About the work: Psyche the asteroid is thought to be created from other asteroids violently colliding into it and destroying the outer layer of protoplanet, revealing a metallic core. In midst of the impacts, Psyche is born. The goddess is lying on top of the metallic core with smoke surrounding her. Crystallization emerges from several parts of her, showing the different materials thought to form Psyche. Although the birth of Psyche was violent and left the goddess vulnerable by destroying her outer layers, the different possibilities of the metallic materials and crystallization on the asteroid is even more exciting and beautiful than a regular planet.

Psyche Inspired Overview

Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students from any discipline or major together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public in new ways through artistic and creative works. These works are posted in the gallery above and highlighted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. View the full resolution images in the image gallery. ASU undergraduate Brooke Owen is the student manager of Psyche Inspired, assisted by ASU undergraduate Kaxandra Nessi. This year’s Psyche Inspired cohort is known as the Cobalt Class.

Read a feature about Psyche Inspired in Eos.

Psyche Inspired was piloted at ASU during the 2017-2018 academic year. The works from the 2017-2018 Psyche Inspired cohort (known as the Titanium Class) are collected in a downloadable book that tells the story of Psyche through musical scores, sculptures, painting, 3-D models, photography, acrylic art, needlepoint, stop-motion films, and mixed media.

Psyche Inspired was expanded nationally during the 2018-2019 academic year. The works from the 2018-2019 Psyche Inspired cohort (known as the Iron Class) are also available in a downloadable book.

Current Student Collaborations Participants

View a list of the students, faculty, staff, and mentors currently involved in Psyche Student Collaborations.


Student Collaborations Participants