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Good telescope that I've used to learn the basics: Get a Wonderful Person shirt: Alternatively, PayPal donations can be sent here: Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about Links: NASA Begins Final Assembly of Spacecraft Destined for Asteroid Psyche 16 Psyche from wikipedia New maps of asteroid Psyche reveal an ancient world of metal and rock
The varied surface suggests a dynamic history, which could include metallic eruptions, asteroid-shaking impacts, and a lost rocky mantle. from MIT
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets
Research Article Porosity Evolution in Metallic Asteroids: Implications for the Origin and Thermal History of Asteroid 16 Psyche
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NASA’s Psyche Spacecraft Prepares for Trip to Asteroid by Testing Solar Arrays

NASA’s Psyche mission is preparing for a 1.5 billion-mile (2.4 billion-kilometer) solar-powered trip to the metal-rich asteroid of the same name. In a cleanroom at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in February 2022, twin solar arrays were attached to the spacecraft body, unfolded lengthwise, and then re-stowed as tests on Psyche continue. The five-panel, cross-shaped solar arrays are the largest ever installed on a spacecraft at JPL, so engineers had to test them one at a time. Psyche is expected to launch no earlier than August 2022. About an hour after launch, the arrays will deploy and latch into place in a sequential process that will take 7 ½ minutes per array. They will then provide power for the journey to Psyche and for operating the three science instruments. In total, the solar arrays are 37 feet (11.3 meters) long. Only the three center panels can be deployed at JPL; the two cross panels on each wing are deployed using specialized equipment at Maxar Technologies in Palo Alto, California, where the arrays and spacecraft chassis were built. When they deploy fully in flight, the spacecraft will be about the size of a singles tennis court. Psyche is scheduled to arrive at the asteroid in 2026 and spend nearly two years making increasingly close orbits? Scientists think the asteroid Psyche could be part of the core of a planetesimal, the building block of an early rocky planet, which would provide a unique opportunity to study how planets like our own Earth formed. For more information about NASA’s Psyche mission go to: NASA's Psyche starts processing at the Kennedy Space Launch Center and Arizona Stae niversity Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Metallic Asteroids (Like Psyche) Might Have Had Volcanoes Erupting Molten Iron. That’s So Metal

NASA’s badge for the upcoming mission to the asteroid Psyche. Image Credit: NASA/JPL.

This diagram depicts a theoretical phenomenon called ferrovolcanism, where metallic asteroids erupt molten iron in a class of asteroids called pallasites. The ferrovolcanism might result when pockets of melted alloy rise to the surface. An upcoming NASA space mission to the asteroid Psyche may allow scientists to confirm their theory. (Purdue University image/James Keane)

A slice of the Krasnoyarsk meteorite on display at the American Museum of Natural History. Image Credit: By Jon Taylor – , CC BY-SA 2.0, Flickr: Krasnojarsk AMNH

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This is What the Metal Asteroid Psyche Might Look Like

If you wanted to do a forensic study of the Solar System, you might head for the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. That’s where you can find ancient rocks from the Solar System’s early days. Out there in the cold vacuum of space, far from the Sun, asteroids are largely untouched by space weathering. Space scientists sometimes refer to asteroids—and their meteorite fragments that fall to Earth—as time capsules because of the evidence they hold.

King Tut was buried with an iron dagger made from an M-type meteorite. Image: Daniela Comelli/Polytechnic University of Milan

The Very Large Telescope captured this image of 16 Psyche in August 2019. Image Credit: By ESO/Vernazza et al./MISTRAL algorithm (ONERA/CNRS) Cropped from Kalliope and Psyche, CC BY 4.0

This graphic of 16 Psyche is from a 2021 study. It’s a smoothed, contour-filled optical albedo map with labelled topographical and albedo features. It shows some of the asteroid’s surface features like the depressions Eros, Foxtrot, and Panthia. Names with question marks are indeterminate features. The three blurred white spots are optical bright spots, and the white circles are radar echo centers. Image Credit: Michael K. Shepard et al., Asteroid 16 Psyche: Shape, Features, and Global Map (2021), figure 10. < CC BY-SA 4.0,IOP ARTICLE "From Wikipedia

A team of researchers constructed a new map of Psyche’s surface to help prepare for the mission. The map is in a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. The title is “The Heterogeneous Surface of Asteroid (16) Psyche,” and the lead author is Saverio Cambioni from MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS).

This figure from the study shows the thermal inertia (L) and dielectric constant (R) of 16 Psyche’s surface as measured by ALMA. Image Credit: Cambioni et al. 2022.

This figure from the paper combines thermal inertia with elevation. The low-elevation Bravo-Golf region is visible. Image Credit: Cambioni et al. 2022.

This figure from the study illustrates the three scenarios that might explain the low-thermal-inertia detected in the Bravo-Golf region. Image Credit: Cambioni et al. 2022.

This animation from the paper shows thermal inertia on 16 Psyche’s surface. The low-elevation Bravo-Golf region is of particular interest. Credit: Cambioni et al. 2022.

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