NASA in the final planning stage of their mission on exploring 16 Psyche’s full metal asteroid

By | September 13, 2020

The valuation of iron and nickel that scientists believed was made up by 16-Psyche’s potato-shaped asteroid in the outer reaches of the asteroid belt is about $10,000 quadrillion.

The sum is very astronomical and it is now time for NASA’s Psyche mission to receive approval so that they can enter all the designs which are final. It is expected that they will be starting their manufacturing soon and the launch will be in 2022. They are also planning to get answers to the question that how the earth was actually formed.

According to NASA, scientists who are researchers at Arizona State University Psyche hold the answer to all the questions and this mission will help people get all the answers to their questions. According to the theory, NASA is suggesting Psyche is the core planet which ended up breaking into pieces after a series of cataclysmic collision.

Scientists have started to hope that with the help of this mission, they can get a clear understanding of the entire universe and how the earth was formed initially.

Principal Investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University in Tempe, in a statement, said:

“With the transition into this new mission phase, we are one big step closer to uncovering the secrets of Psyche, a giant mysterious metallic asteroid, and that means the world to us,”

The Phase E is under progress and will soon happen as Psyche exploratory crafts end up hitting the vacuum. According to NASA, they can reach there on 31st of Jan 2026 after they have buzzed Mars in 2023. 

Some of the instruments which will be present in the Psyche craft are magnetometer that will help to detect and measure the magnetic field of an asteroid. There will be a multispectral imager which will help to provide high-resolution images.

The craft will also have neutrons spectrometer to detect, gamma ray and maps of all the asteroids. This will be a part of the NASA Discovery Programme undertaken in conjunction with Maxar Space Solutions.