NASA’s Psyche asteroid mission will launch in a week

This will be the eighth mission for SpaceX’s powerful rocket, which was unveiled in February 2018, and the first for NASA.

NASA’s Psyche spacecraft is currently undergoing training ahead of its planned launch in October. The Falcon Heavy launch vehicle will deliver NASA’s Psyche spacecraft to the asteroid Psyche and launch the mission from the NASA Space Center. Kennedy’s concert in Florida is scheduled for October 5. Space.com reports this.

This will be the eighth mission for SpaceX’s powerful rocket, which was unveiled in February 2018, and the first for NASA.

The launch window will be extended to October 25 as additional time may be required due to NASA and SpaceX conditions.

The possible delay in launching the Psyche mission may not be the first. The mission was originally planned to launch last year. However, it was postponed after problems were discovered in the software on the spacecraft.

Once off the ground, Psyche will head towards the asteroid of the same name, a 280-kilometer-wide metallic object located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The spacecraft is expected to reach its destination in 2029. Researchers suggest that Psyche may be the exposed core of a protoplanet whose rocky outer layers were torn apart during one or more collisions.

“I’m looking forward to seeing these first images,” Laurie Glaze, head of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, said at a press conference in early September.

He said these close-up shots of the metallic asteroid would be impressive.

Let us remind you that mysterious black powder was found in a container containing samples of the asteroid Bennu.

Scientists have previously explained what will happen to the soil collected from the Bennu asteroid.

Source: Focus

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