In a remarkable endeavor to unravel the mysteries of our solar system, NASA launched the Psyche mission at 10:19 a.m. on a Friday. This uncrewed spacecraft embarks on a six-year journey towards a metal-rich asteroid residing in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Named after its enigmatic target, the Psyche mission aims to shed light on the asteroid’s origins and, in turn, provide valuable insights into the formation of planets.
The Mysterious Psyche Asteroid
The Psyche asteroid, discovered in 1852 by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis, measures 173 miles horizontally and 144 miles vertically. Despite years of observations from Earth, the asteroid remains an enigma.
While its composition is believed to be a combination of rock and iron-nickel metal, the exact nature of Psyche’s surface and structure is still unknown. Scientists are eager to explore this celestial body up close and unlock its secrets.
The Building Blocks of Rocky Planets
One of the primary objectives of the Psyche mission is to determine whether the asteroid is, in fact, the exposed core of a planetary building block. If so, it could provide profound insights into the interior composition of rocky planets like Earth.
With metal constituting 30-60% of its volume, Psyche’s secrets may unravel the fundamental components that shape planets. This mission represents a unique opportunity to study a celestial object that would otherwise remain beyond our reach.
Psyche’s Scientific Significance
Understanding the Psyche asteroid’s magnetic field, chemical makeup, mineral composition, topography, rotation, mass, and gravitational field will be the key focus of the mission. These critical pieces of information could support the theory that Psyche is a remnant planetary core.
However, there’s also the tantalizing possibility that Psyche may hold surprises that challenge our current understanding of celestial objects from the early solar system. NASA scientists eagerly anticipate the unexpected revelations that the Psyche mission may bring.
Scheduled to arrive at Psyche in August 2029, the Psyche spacecraft will begin its detailed study of the asteroid over the course of 26 months. As it approaches its destination, Psyche will utilize Mars’s gravity to navigate the asteroid belt successfully.
The spacecraft’s advanced instrumentation, including spectrometers, imagers, and a telecommunication system, will be instrumental in decoding the asteroid’s mysteries. With this ambitious mission, NASA is poised to unravel the secrets of the Psyche asteroid, offering a glimpse into the building blocks of our solar system and challenging our understanding of the cosmos.
Sophie Turner is currently trending highly in the news, all because of her separation from husband Joe Jonas. The Game of Thrones actress separated from Jonas after four years of marriage. While Turner has yet to publicly say anything regarding the separation, it seems she has found another way to send a message—through her clothing!
Read the Shirt!
Sophie Turner’s separation from Joe Jonas has brought the paparazzi to her, but she isn’t saying anything. Instead, the 27-year-old is letting her tee do all the work!
She stepped out on the streets of NYC on October 1st in a smiley-face t-shirt. She paired it with a pair of jeans and a cozy sweatshirt. The two braids only added to the laid-back look!
Captured Before Kickoff
This photo was taken just hours before Turner appeared with pal Taylor Swift at Travis Kelce’s game (Turner is rumored to be staying at Swift’s empty apartment in Tribeca).
The two friends have been seen around the city on multiple occasions, from cheering at Swift’s boyfriend’s games to grabbing dinner together.
The now-separated couple hasn’t spoken much in the media regarding their separation, apart from the joint memo they put out. The parents-of-two are allegedly currently in talks about their daughters’ living situation, as Jonas’ home base is the US while Sophie Turner would prefer to return to England.