After numerous tweaks, NASA has confirmed that the Sysche spacecraft – with a mission to fly to an asteroid believed to contain gold worth 70,000 times the world’s economy – is ready to go.
The completed spacecraft will be released from Earth by NASA in October this year, atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, to the asteroid of the same name with mission 16 Syche, commonly known as Psyche.
According to Space, Psyche’s launch was scheduled for October 2022, but was delayed due to issues with spaceflight software and pre-mission-establishment hurdles, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
Psyche spacecraft and target asteroid, of the same name
Psyche spacecraft and target asteroid, of the same name – (graphic image by NASA).
The mission, led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JL), has been adjusted to accommodate the changing launch schedule. It is expected to take almost 6 years to reach Psyche – i.e. August 2029.
Had it been launched last year, it would have been more easily located at Syche in just over 3 years (early 2026), but unfortunately NASA missed it. “Golden age”.
The NASA office says the most interesting thing it hopes to find in Syche is insight into how our own Earth itself formed. Because some previous studies conducted by this agency have shown that it was a “small planet” that failed.
“Asteroid” are the most primitive planets in a star system that includes the solar system, but not the type of planets we often see. Many small planets will shatter into the wild “youth” of the star system, providing material to form real planets.
If successfully developed, Psyche is now the core of an Earth-like planet, but unfortunately it failed.
Additionally, studies based on spectral data also show that Psyche could be made of mostly precious metals – gold, platinum at most – and could be worth 70,000 times the world economy of the genre.
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After many tweaks, NASA has confirmed that the Pysche spacecraft – with a mission to fly to the asteroid – will contain 70,000 times gold…