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Building Blocks: Heavy Metal Missions

Psyche asteroid is very metal.

By Eric BetzMar 10, 2017 12:00 AM
(Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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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.

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