A Post-Launch Summary of the Science of NASA's Psyche Mission

Steven D. Dibb, Erik Asphaug, James F. Bell, Richard P. Binzel, William F. Bottke, Saverio Cambioni, John M. Christoph, Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, Ralf Jaumann, David J. Lawrence, Rona Oran, Joseph G. O’Rourke, Carol Polansky, Benjamin P. Weiss, Mark Wieczorek, David A. Williams

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Abstract

Astronomical observations indicate that asteroid (16) Psyche is a large, high-density (likely >3,400 kg·m−3), metal-rich (30–55 vol. %) asteroid. Psyche may be remnant core material or it could be a primordial, undifferentiated metal-rich object. We discuss the science objectives of the upcoming Psyche mission, which will employ three instruments (the Magnetometer, Multispectral Imager, and Gamma-Ray and Neutron Spectrometer) and will use Doppler tracking of the spacecraft to explore the asteroid. This mission will shed light on the nature and origins of metal-rich objects in the solar system and beyond, including the cores of the terrestrial planets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2023AV001077
JournalAGU Advances
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Psyche
  • asteroid
  • mission
  • objectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences

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