NASA’s ‘Psyche’ Mission to Explore Metal-Rich Asteroids Worth $10,000 Quadrillion
A mission to investigate the metal-rich asteroid Psyche, which may be the exposed core of a long-dead planet, has been launched by NASA. The mission’s fate was previously in doubt after technical difficulties caused it to miss its 2022 launch window.
According to Forbes16 Psyche, a 140 mile wide/226 kilometer wide asteroid could contain a core of iron, nickel and gold worth $10,000 trillion.
“NASA’s Psyche spacecraft was set to launch in August 2022 and arrive at the asteroid in 2026. However, software and mission development issues caused the mission to miss its window,” the news channel further reported.
Due to development delays, the Psyche mission is now aiming for a launch window in 2023 after missing its scheduled window this year.
After an internal review of the issues causing the project delay, NASA chose to move forward with the Psyche mission, the space agency announced on Friday.
“I appreciate the hard work of the independent review committee and the JPL-led team for the success of the mission,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “The lessons we have learned from Psyche will be implemented throughout our mission portfolio. I am excited about the scientific insights Psyche will provide during his lifetime and his promise to contribute to our understanding of the core of our own planet. “
According to NASA, the Psyche mission is a journey to a unique metallic asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. What makes the asteroid Psyche unique is that it appears to be the exposed nickel-iron core of an early planet, one of the building blocks of our solar system.
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