We have completed maintenance on DiscoverMagazine.com and action may be required on your account. Learn More

Building Blocks: Heavy Metal Missions

Psyche asteroid is very metal.

By Eric Betz
Mar 10, 2017 6:00 AMNov 22, 2019 9:51 PM
Satellite - NASA - DSC-CR0417_17.jpg
(Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

In January, NASA announced plans to send a spacecraft to visit Psyche, a metal asteroid that could be a dead planet’s core, in 2023. Also on deck at the agency: a spacecraft aiming for an asteroid group near Jupiter in 2021. The missions’ aim is to bring our solar system’s evolution into focus.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Discover Magazine Logo
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!


Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

To The Magazine

Save up to 40% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2024 Kalmbach Media Co.