Exploration of Asteroid Psyche
April 6, 2017
NASA has provided funding for the exploration of the asteroid Psyche, located in the asteroid belt 280 million miles from the sun. Psyche is 140 miles in diameter, and is actually thought to be the core of a failed planet. The space scientists exploring the asteroid will be led by researchers at Arizona State University, who will start by printing a 3-D model of what Psyche might look like. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the principal investigator of the Psyche mission and the director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, will tell us more about the mission.