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Psyching out Psyche – Gut-Checking the Asteroid Miner’s Paradise

By Leonard David
October 25, 2023
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Psyching out Psyche – Gut-Checking the Asteroid Miner’s Paradise
NASA’s Psyche spacecraft approaches asteroid. Will it be an encounter of the “ironclad” kind?
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU.

Sent skyward earlier this month, NASA’s outbound Psyche spacecraft is making its way to a unique asteroid of the same name. The asteroid is supposedly sporting a metal core that some space miners hungrily value at many trillions of dollars. The object is viewed as a mother lode of high iron-nickel metal.

By August 2029, the Psyche spacecraft will begin to orbit the space rock – the only metal-class asteroid ever to be explored.


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Leonard David

Leonard is author of Moon Rush: The New Space Race, Mars – Our Future on the Red Planet, and co-authored with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin of Mission to Mars – My Vision for Space Exploration - all published by the National Geographic Society.