Inside NASA’s Psyche Mission to Study a Metallic Asteroid

Join NASA Psyche Mission Co-Investigator Dr. Tim McCoy as he takes us on a journey from his first geology class to his current role as Curator-in-Charge of the US National Meteorite Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and his role on the Psyche Mission Science Team. Along the way, McCoy highlights the significance of studying a metallic asteroid and what it may be able to tell us about the formation of the solar system and our own planet. It’s the journey of a lifetime, and he didn’t want to miss it.

Psyche is both the name of an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter — and the name of a NASA space mission to visit that asteroid, led by Arizona State University.

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  1. Such wretched devices and schoolchildren can already build, not NASA. Only let dust in your eyes with videos. And as it comes to things, then James Webb run 10 years for 10 billion.

  2. There is only one type of body in space

    All planets have the capability to be stars.

    All gas giants are recently turned off stars.

    A star is no different than a comet entering our atmosphere and burning up

    The sun IS a gas giant. It is THE gas giant.

  3. A mission this cool needs a theme song, like Dr. Brian May wrote for New Horizons. I recommend hiring a heavy metal rock band.
    (Cue rimshot.)
    Looking forward especially to the unexpected results, which there always are!

  4. الارض مسطحة وعليكم اخبارنا بهذا انكم عندكم سر وهو انكم تستمدوا طاقة غريبة وكبيرة من الشمس وتتفقون مع الجن والشعودة لتاخد الطاقة الكبيرة هذه من ااشمس

  5. Imagine being a flat earther… You miss out on SO much cool things that are happening and so much knowledge that we are getting from them. Unfortunately, a lot of the time you don't realize just how much of life you've missed out on until it's very late in life and you spent years ramming your ideas about how you know the Earth is flat. What a miserable existence

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  7. I know where those images of Asteroids came from ; McDonald's , man , That's a picture of a McNugget . You charlatans' at NASA really should quit with your jiggery – pokey buffoonery over there because it's becoming a cliche' .

  8. All the junk floating around is a gold mine for raw materials… Unspoiled or contaminated my Earths biosphere. Just imagine the new metals one could cook up without gravity pulling apart your matrix. Trillionaire making possibility's await.

  9. Email I just sent:

    Professor Elkins-Tanton, I've very interested in your excellent work with the PSYCHE mission. I wish to know whether there are instruments aboard the spacecraft which would be able to detect any potential gravity anomalies, especially whilst in D orbit.

    I have a dark matter core hypothesis of proto-planetary creation. I can make the prediction that the gravitational acceleration felt by the spacecraft will be significantly non-uniform and counter to Newtonian expectations.

    I have the imagery of the Moon's dark matter core pulling on Earth's dark matter core to create a bulge of the Earth. I believe it's this solid body tide which solely pushes the oceans from beneath to create the tides. I don't believe the Moon pulls on the water at all.

    A crucial part of the hypothesis is that the especially strong Spring tides occur due to the Moon being on the equatorial plane and not being due to the alignment with the Sun. It's this proposed extra strong gravitational force on the plane which I believe the spacecraft will be able to detect.

  10. why to travel with those expensive rockets??? you can go there using oobe. then you can use those portals that are faster than light to bring it down to earth.

  11. Wait this guy needs to be replaced he's white and male. Quick! Accuse him of something! The woke squad needs to get on this asap. I'm sure the woke propagandists at NASA will get him out of there.

  12. Is Nasa placing any Beacons or devices to collect different types of data on these. Like we do with wild animals, tag, and release. If these are coming around earth again think of the data it could collect in a short relative time. I would think by placing beacons on asteroids could we not cover the universe much faster than probes.

  13. Jag har en meteorit, den är mycket ljus i stålet eller säger man metallen, den väger ca 2 kilo men är mycket liten, magnetisk men rostar inte, ser ut som silver och har sett ut så sedan början av 1980 talet

  14. I have a feeling we will be kicking ourselves for not capturing this rock during this time period.
    What better opportunity to jump start orbital manufacturing with materials landing in our grasp!


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