Psyche - NASA Satellite

The Psyche spacecraft is traveling to a unique metal-rich asteroid with the same name, orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. By August 2029 the spacecraft will begin exploring the asteroid that scientists think - because of its high metal content - may be the partial core of a planetesimal, a building block of an early planet.

Mission Information

Mission Details

NamePsyche
Launch DateOctober 13, 2023
Mission TypeUnmanned
TypeSatellite
Launch VehicleFalcon 9 Heavy
Launch SiteKennedy Space Center, United States

Satellite Details

ApplicationVisit an unexplored type of world - a metal-rich asteroid called Psyche
Scientific InstrumentMultispectral Imager, Gamma-Ray and Neutron Spectrometer, Magnetometer
Mass1400 Kg

Space Organization Details

CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
OrganizationNASA