|Launch Site||Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA|
|Destination||Main Asteroid Belt, 16 Psyche|
Psyche will explore a unique metal asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. Asteroid 16 Psyche appears unique because it might be the exposed nickel-iron core of an early planet, one of the building blocks of our solar system.
Deep within rocky, terrestrial planets—including Earth—scientists have detected sings of metallic cores, but these but they are too far below the planets’ mantles and crusts for direct observation. Psyche offers a unique window into the violent history of collisions and accretion that created terrestrial planets.
This mission is in development.
2023: Mars Flyby
2026: Arrival at Asteroid Psyche
2026-2027: Orbital Mission
Launch Vehicle: TBD
Spacecraft Mass: TBD
Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer
X-band Gravity Science Investigation