NASA Launches Psyche Spacecraft to metal world

Mission Underway  

NASA's Psyche spacecraft launched successfully on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on October 13.

Unique Destination 

Psyche is headed to a metal asteroid that may be the exposed core of a destroyed planet.

Overcoming Delays

The mission was delayed 14 months by software issues, increasing costs by 20%.

Technology Demo

Psyche has a laser comms system to test high-bandwidth data transfer.

Falcon Heavy Debut 

First NASA science mission on a Falcon Heavy rocket.  

Arriving in 2029

After tweaks due to delays, Psyche will arrive at the asteroid in August 2029.

Seeking Planet Cores 

Data from Psyche will give insights into metallic planetary cores.

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