First of all congrats to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for successfully launching spacecraft to explore the metal-rich asteroid Psyche. Yes, NASA has sent a spacecraft to research Psyche which is the biggest metal-rich asteroid present in our solar system. The scientists of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are confident that Psyche is the remnant core of an ancient protoplanet. Meanwhile, NASA geared up to explore the metal-rich asteroid and launched a spacecraft on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from Florida. Since NASA launched a spacecraft to probe Psyche, it has been the topic of the town. People are curiously taking over the internet and searching for the details of this mission. If you are also scrambling to the web regarding the same, the following sections are waiting for you. Shift to the next section and find more details.
As per the reports, a spacecraft was launched as part of the Psyche probe on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Furthermore, the spacecraft blasted off under partly cloud skies from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. The spacecraft is now on its journey to Psyche which is 2.2 billion miles or 3.5 billion km through space. Kindly note that the spacecraft is a cargo bay of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Talking about the size of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s spacecraft which is planned to reach Psyche after traveling 2.2 billion miles through space, is nearly of a small van’s size. Do you know how much time it would take to reach the metal-rich asteroid? Swipe down the page to know more.
It is said that NASA’s spacecraft will finish its journey to the Psyche asteroid in August 2029. Yes, you heard it right, it will take almost six years to complete the journey of 2.2 billion miles. The launch of the spacecraft was also televised live on NASA TV on Saturday morning, which marked the latest development in the series of NASA missions. It was launched to explore the 4.5 billion years old origin of our planet.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration said that the largest metal-rich asteroid Psyche measures roughly 173 miles or 279 km across at its widest point. It is located on the outer fringes of the main asteroid belt between the planets Jupiter and Mars. NASA further added that cargo-faring panels enclosing the spacecraft inside the head of the rocket’s upper stage were jettisoned 5 minutes after the launch, and the investigation itself was released into space about an hour later.