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NASA’S PSYCHE MISSION TO BE LAUNCHED IN AUGUST 2022

NASA’S PSYCHE MISSION TO BE LAUNCHED IN AUGUST 2022

Context:

NASA will send its Psyche Mission in the August 2022 launch.

About the Psyche Mission:

  • It is a mission of the American Space Agency, NASA. Asteroid called Psyche could be the frozen remains of the molten core of a bygone world.
  • This spacecraft will orbit around the asteroid for 2 years.
  • In 2 years, it will take pictures, map the surface, and look for evidence of an ancient magnetic field.

Significance of the Mission:

  • This is the 1st mission to explore an asteroid with a surface consisting of substantial amounts of metal rather than rock or ice.
  • It seeks to understand iron cores, which is an unexplored building block of planet formation.
  • It also provides a 1st opportunity to examine the interiors of a rocky planet.

NASA:

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government.
  • The agency is responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research.
  • It was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
  • It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States.
  • It was founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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