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NASA postpones launch of its mission to metallic asteroid Psyche

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Saturday 25 June 2022 – 12:00 AM

On Friday, NASA announced the exploration of Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system.

stumbling block. NASA announced Friday that exploration of Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system, will not take place in 2022, as planned, due to “flight program delivery delays” and spacecraft testing. Team.

And the US space agency said, in a statement, that the US space agency (NASA) does not have enough time this year to complete the necessary pre-launch tests, especially to verify that the program will function properly while in flight.

Asteroid Psyche was selected in 2017 as part of NASA’s Discovery Program, a low-cost mission that uses Mars as a “roadside gravity assist,” which requires extreme precision.

“The decision to postpone the mission was not an easy one, but it was the right one,” said scientist Laurie Lichen.

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The launch of the spacecraft this year would have made it possible to reach Psyche in 2026, which is rich in iron, nickel and possibly gold at its center and new metals.



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