Published on: October 6, 2021

PSYCHE MISSION

PSYCHE MISSION

Madgaon 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.

Matamoros Details :

  • 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.

Significance

  • 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