NASA’s mission to an asteroid that could be worth 70,000 times the global economy is expected to begin this year.
Here’s everything we know so far about the Psyche asteroid, the upcoming Psyche mission and the Psyche spacecraft.
Named after the Greek goddess of the soul, Psyche was discovered by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis on March 17, 1852.
The metal-rich asteroid is about the size of Massachusetts and shaped somewhat like a potato, according to astronomers.
The asteroid orbits between Mars and Jupiter at a distance ranging from 235 million to 309 million miles from the Sun.
A study published by The Planetary Science Journal in 2020 suggests that Psyche is made almost entirely of iron and nickel.
NASA says the mission team continues to complete testing of the spacecraft’s flight software in preparation for the October launch date. »