Inside NASA's Psyche Mission to Study a Metallic Asteroid
Join NASA Psyche Mission Co-Investigator Dr. Tim McCoy as he takes us on a journey from his first geology class to his current role as Curator-in-Charge of the US National Meteorite Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and his role on the Psyche Mission Science Team. Along the way, McCoy highlights the significance of studying a metallic asteroid and what it may be able to tell us about the formation of the solar system and our own planet. It’s the journey of a lifetime, and he didn’t want to miss it. 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. For more information about NASA's Psyche mission go to:
Psyche Mission: Co-Investigator Dr. Tim McCoy
Join NASA Psyche Mission Co-Investigator Dr. Tim McCoy as he takes us on a journey from his first geology class to his current role as Curator-in-Charge of the US National Meteorite Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and his role on the Psyche Mission Science Team. Along the way, McCoy highlights the significance of studying a metallic asteroid and what it may be able to tell us about the formation of the solar system and our own planet. It’s the journey of a lifetime, and he didn’t want to miss it.
This Metal Asteroid Could Reveal Secrets About Earth’s Core | Countdown to Launch
NASA and Arizona State University plan to send an orbiter to the Psyche asteroid, which is believed to be made mostly out of metal. This mission could be the key to understanding the inside of Earth's core.
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Between Mars and Jupiter, you can find Psyche, one of the only asteroids that scientists believe might be made mostly of metal and researchers from NASA and and Arizona State University will be sending an orbiter to the asteroid for the very first time. Exploring Psyche’s terrain could be our only key to understanding what the inside of Earth’s core could be like. Visiting asteroids isn’t new to space exploration with Vesta, Ceres, Ryugu, and Bennu being some of the most recent mission destinations. And asteroids, for the most part, have been all the same; usually rocky, airless drifting through the cosmos as leftover debris from a chaotic beginning. But Psyche is different. “We’re pretty sure that it’s largely made of iron-nickel metal. And there are very, very few asteroids out in the asteroid belt that we think are made of metal or largely of metal,” Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Principal Investigator of the NASA Psyche mission, told Seeker Researchers suspect Psyche is an exposed core of a protoplanet, which is a planet in its early formation stages and it’s most likely that the asteroid lost its rocky exterior during violent collisions in the beginning of our solar system’s evolution...at least, that’s what scientists’ best assumptions are. And no one really knows what Psyche looks like beyond a speck of light, and so the 2022 Psyche mission will include sending back camera images of the asteroid so we can take a look at what a metallic body like this looks like. Find out more about this metallic asteroid and how the team of researchers plans to explore its terrain on this episode of Countdown to Launch. #Asteroid #Earth #Space #Science #Seeker #CountdownToLaunch Read More:
MISSION TO A METAL WORLD: Psyche
"Because we cannot see or measure Earth's core directly, Psyche offers a unique window into the violent history of collisions and accretion that created terrestrial planets. The mission is led by Arizona State University. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is responsible for mission management, operations and navigation." 16 Psyche
"Unlike most other asteroids that are rocky or icy bodies, scientists think the M-type (metallic) asteroid 16 Psyche is comprised mostly of metallic iron and nickel similar to Earth’s core. Scientists wonder whether Psyche could be an exposed core of an early planet, maybe as large as Mars, that lost its rocky outer layers due to a number of violent collisions billions of years ago." Instruments & Science Investigations
"The Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer will detect, measure, and map Psyche’s elemental composition. The instrument is mounted on a 6-foot (2-meter) boom to distance the sensors from background radiation created by energetic particles interacting with the spacecraft and to provide an unobstructed field of view." ____________________ Countdown to Launch takes a deep dive into upcoming space missions from around the world. We interview the people involved and explore the science, innovation and technology that makes them possible. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/
Inside NASA's Psyche Mission to Learn about Collisions and Crater Formation
One of the first steps in understanding the geology of Psyche is for the Psyche science team to find out more about collisions and crater formation on metallic asteroids. Join Psyche Mission Science Team Co-Investigator Simone Marchi of the Southwest Research Institute as he explains how impact experiments are conducted at NASA's Ames Vertical Gun Range and what we can learn about the cratering process to further understand and interpret the geology of Psyche. Learn more about the mission: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/psyche/
Interview | NASA's Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid
We are joined by NASA's Psyche mission lead Lindy Elkins-Tanton to talk about this upcoming mission to explore the metallic asteroid that may be the core of a protoplanet! We cover what this means for us here on Earth and why is it important as well as how they plan to accomplish the mission itself! Orbit 12.21 If you would like to continue the conversation we have a few great ways to do that:
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Lindy Elkins Tanton - THE NASA PSYCHE MISSION
For the first time ever, we are exploring a world made not of rock or ice, but of metal. Deep within the terrestrial planets, including Earth, scientists infer the presence of metallic cores, but these lie unreachably far below the planets’ rocky mantles and crusts. The asteroid Psyche offers a unique window into these building blocks of planet formation and the opportunity to investigate a previously unexplored type of world. 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. What gives asteroid Psyche great scientific interest is that it is made of metal. It appears to be the exposed nickel-iron core of a protoplanet, one of the building blocks of the Sun’s planetary system.
Introduction to the NASA Psyche Mission
Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter, is made almost entirely of nickel-iron metal. As such, it offers a unique look into the violent collisions that created Earth and the terrestrial planets. The Psyche Mission to this asteroid is in NASA's Planetary Science Division’s Discovery Program. The Psyche Mission’s principal investigator, Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University, narrates this video. The ASU-led Mission to Psyche is targeted to launch in August 2022, arriving in 2026. After arrival, the mission plan calls for 21 months orbiting the asteroid, mapping it and studying its properties. The mission is led by Arizona State University. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is responsible for the mission’s overall management, system engineering, integration and test, and mission operations. The spacecraft’s solar-electric propulsion chassis will be built by SSL.
NASA Psyche Mission: Journey to a Metal World
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. Join the Psyche team to explore why this mission was selected for NASA’s Discovery Program, how we’ll get to the asteroid, what we hope to learn from Psyche, and the importance of scientific discovery.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State Univ./Peter Rubin/SSL
Why is NASA sending a spacecraft to a metal world? - Linda T. Elkins-Tanton
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Psyche is 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 ASU. Psyche is the first mission to a world made of metal rather than rock or ice.
16 Psyche - NASA Mission to A Giant Metal Core World
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Psyche Mission and Solar Systems Exploration - How JPL Turns Dreams into Reality - EmTech Asia 2017
From the Curiosity Mars rover to the Cassini orbiter at Saturn, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a long history creating, building and flying missions that explore our solar system. In January 2017, Psyche, a mission led by Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton at Arizona State University (ASU) and managed and built by JPL, was selected as the latest addition to NASA’s Discovery program. Psyche will explore a unique body in our solar system: a 200 km diameter world made almost entirely of metal. David Oh, former lead flight director for the Curiosity Rover and Project Systems Engineering Manager for Psyche, describes how JPL creates unique missions like Psyche, taking wild ideas from initial conception through development to the decision to fund for flight. David also describes how innovation can occur within a risk averse environment, and how Psyche’s unique architecture brings advanced commercial space technology to NASA’s deep space missions.
Deep space exploration: NASA Psyche mission to explore 16 Psyche metal asteroid in 2022 - TomoNews
TEMPE, ARIZONA — NASA said it would be launching the Psyche mission one year earlier than planned. The mission will explore the metal asteroid called 16 Psyche. The Psyche mission is part of NASA’s Discovery program, which will explore the 16 Psyche asteroid located in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The mission was set to launch in 2023 but has been moved up to the summer of 2022. The spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at the asteroid in 2026. “We challenged the mission design team to explore if an earlier launch date could provide a more efficient trajectory to the asteroid Psyche, and they came through in a big way,” Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington said in a press release. “This will enable us to fulfill our science objectives sooner and at a reduced cost. The new trajectory is said to be more efficient as it eliminates the need for an Earth gravity assist, and stays farther from the sun, hence shortening the original timeline by four years. The 16 Psyche is primarily made of iron and nickel. The iron reverse on the asteroid is said to be worth around $10 quintillion, which is more than even the combined GDP of every country on Earth, which totalled about $74 trillion in 2015. The objectives of the mission include determining whether the asteroid is a core, or it if is unmelted material; the relative ages of regions of the asteroid surface; and to characterize its topography. The mission is led by Arizona State University. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is responsible for mission management, operations and navigation.
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NASA to send spacecraft to 16 Psyche asteroid
NASA is working to uncover the mystery behind an asteroid that may contain a priceless treasure trove of minerals. The space agency is planning to send an unmanned spacecraft to the chunk of metal known as 16 Psyche. Some scientists estimate its minerals could be worth $10,000 quadrillion dollars. Carter Evans reports.
Psyche and Spacecraft
Animation of spacecraft flying around asteroid Psyche.
NASA news release: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-two-missions-to-explore-the-early-solar-system
NASA’s New Discovery Missions
On Jan. 4, NASA announced the selection of two missions to explore previously unexplored asteroids. The first mission, called Lucy, will study asteroids, known as Trojan asteroids, trapped by Jupiter’s gravity. The Psyche mission will explore a very large and rare object in the solar system’s asteroid belt that’s made of metal, and scientists believe might be the exposed core of a planet that lost its rocky outer layers from a series of violent collisions. Lucy is targeted for launch in 2021 and Psyche in 2023. Both missions have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun.