Psyche - Mission to Metallic Asteroid

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MISSION SUMMARY
The Psyche mission is a journey to a unique metal asteroid, 16 Psyche, orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. Psyche is believed be the exposed core of an early planet that may have lost its surface in a series of violent collisions. Asteroid 16 Psyche's diameter is about 252 km (157 mi). The mission will launch in 2023 and arrive 5 years later to perform 2 years of science.

Mission: Asteroid science
Launch: October 2023
Mars flyby: 2015
Psyche Orbit insertion: 2030
Duration: 2 years

WEB RESOURCES
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NASA Links
Psyche - NASA/JPL
Psyche: Journey to a Metal World - ASU

Wikipedia Links
Psyche Mission

Other Links
Metal Asteroid Psyche Infographic

 

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MULTIMEDIA IMAGES
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The Psyche mission
will explore a very large and rare object in the solar system's asteroid belt that's made of metal.

accretion_schematic_keystone.pngAccretion Process Model -- One scenario is that long ago, Psyche was a protoplanet that had separated internally into a rocky mantle and iron core and suffered violent impacts that stripped away its mantle, leaving only the metal core. 

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MULTIMEDIA MOVIES
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Psyche-video.pngNASA"s New Discovery Missions: Psyche and Lucy


 


Documents and PowerPoints
Psyche powerpoint.pptx

Related MGGP Links
Lucy Mission
Asteroids
Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


INTERACTIVES

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Solar System Simulator
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Eyes on the Universe
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