Published on: October 6, 2021
What is in news : NASA, is set to send its “Psyche Mission” to visit a giant asteroid called Psyche, which could be the frozen remains of molten core of a bygone world.
- Date – August 2022
- Will orbit around the asteroid for two years
- Take pictures, map the surface, and look for evidence of an ancient magnetic field
- Will also study the neutrons and gamma rays coming from the asteroid’s surface in order to determine its elemental composition.
- First mission to explore an asteroid with a surface comprising of substantial amounts of metal rather than rock or ice.
- Seeks to understand iron cores, which is an unexplored building block of formation of planet
- Provides first opportunity to examine the interiors of a rocky planet