NASA Is Sending An Aircraft For Studying An Asteroid To Uncover The Secrets Of Creation

NASA is preparing to send a spacecraft to a giant “metal” asteroid that may tell scientists the secret of how our solar system was formed.

Led by Arizona State University researchers, the mission called “Psyche” is focused to know whether the asteroid, called “16 Psyche” and thought to be made of iron and nickel, could be part of what was an earlier planet perhaps as large as Mars.

¬†“This is an opportunity to explore a new type of world — not one of rock or ice but of metal,” Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Psyche’s principal investigator, said in a statement.

Psyche robotic mission will launch in October 2023 and will arrive at the asteroid in 2030, following an Earth gravity assist spacecraft maneuver in 2024 and a Mars flyby in 2025, NASA said in a post.

¬†“’16 Psyche’ is the only known object of its kind in the solar system and this is the only way humans will ever visit a core. We learn about inner space by visiting outer space,” added Elkins-Tanton.

“16 Psyche” is nearly three times farther away from the sun than is the Earth. The asteroid measures about 210 kilometres in diameter.

 Scientists believe that the asteroid might have lost its outer core through a series of collisions and the mission could shed light on how planets and other masses broke up into cores, mantles and crusts years ago.
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