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Post by Dragon Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:59 am

The widely studied metallic asteroid known as 16 Psyche was long thought to be the exposed iron core of a small planet that failed to form during the earliest days of the solar system.

But new University of Arizona-led research suggests that the asteroid might not be as metallic or dense as once thought, and hints at a much different origin story.

Scientists are interested in 16 Psyche because if its presumed origins are true, it would provide an opportunity to study an exposed planetary core up close.

NASA is scheduled to launch its Psyche mission in 2022 and arrive at the asteroid in 2026.


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Credit: Maxar/ASU/P.Rubin/NASA/JPL-Caltech

An artist’s concept of asteroid 16 Psyche.


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NASA's Psyche Mission to Study a Metallic Asteroid


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Psyche is both the name of an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter — and the name of a NASA space mission to visit that asteroid, led by Arizona State University.


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