Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

NASA announces two new asteroid missions


Posted on Sunday, 8 January, 2017 | Comment icon 0 comments

Asteroids can offer a wealth of information about the solar system. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Known as Lucy and Psyche, the new spacecraft will be studying two relics of the early solar system.
Lucy, which will launch in 2021, is going to visit the mysterious Trojans - a group of asteroids in orbit around the planet Jupiter - while also paying a visit to a separate, smaller asteroid on the way.

Psyche on the other hand, which launches in 2023, will be heading towards 16 Psyche - a 130-mile-wide object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

One of the largest asteroids in the belt, 16 Psyche is of particular interest to scientists because, unlike most other asteroids, it is comprised of metallic iron and nickel, just like the Earth's core.

"This is an opportunity to explore a new type of world - not one of rock or ice, but of metal," said Psyche Principal Investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton.

"16 Psyche is the only known object of its kind in the solar system, and this is the only way humans will ever visit a core. We learn about inner space by visiting outer space."

Both missions were picked as part of the space agency's ongoing Discovery Programme.

"These missions will help us learn about the infancy of our solar system, a period just 10 million years after the birth of our Sun," said Jim Green, NASA's chief planetary scientist.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (0)

Tags: Lucy, Psyche, Asteroid, Jupiter

Recent comments on this story




Please Login or Register to post a comment.




  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6569351
274792
182249

 
Revisited: Ronnie James Dio's UFO encounter
10-15-2019
The late heavy metal singer-songwriter had his own experience with a UFO at his house in New Canaan.
$3,000 'Jesus shoes' sell out in minutes
10-14-2019
A bizarre new type of footwear inspired by the Biblical story of Jesus walking on water recently went on sale.
World's largest Ouija board unveiled in Salem
10-14-2019
A gigantic record-breaking version of the infamous spirit board has been set up on the historic Salem Common.
Scientists discover prehistoric 'mold pigs'
10-14-2019
A previously unknown species of microscopic creature has been discovered perfectly preserved in amber.
Stories & Experiences
I accidentally called myself ?
9-28-2019 | United States
 
Giant wolf in my basement
9-28-2019 | Connecticut
 
I saw a shadow figure...
9-26-2019 | Australia
 
A haunting in Iowa
9-26-2019 | Central City, Iowa
 
Oddest thing I've ever seen
9-19-2019 | Kentucky
 
The blanket tugger
9-19-2019 | QLD
 
Unknown flash
9-19-2019 | GA
 
An encounter in the woods
9-17-2019 | McGuire A.F.B., NJ
 
Orb of light woke me up
9-17-2019 | Virginia
 
A poltergeist eye witness
9-1-2019 | Iran, Kermanshah
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2019
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ