Surface of Psyche is littered with metal

New thermal observations with ALMA observatory hint at composition of Psyche surface. This large body in Asteroid belt is a target of NASAs Psyche mission, which should arrive at Psyche in 2026.

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missions icon Psyche 1. 8. 2022 Planned



According to a new study, Psyche surface contains at least 30 % of metal. Scientists expect Psyche to contain a lot of metals, but it is dificult to find out from Earth, where they see Psyche often as just a pixel in their observations. However that changed with submilimeter ALMA observatory in Chile, which shows the asteroid  in 50 pixels resolution.

The mission to asteroid Psyche is currently scheduled to launch next summer.
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