Scientists have long inferred the presence of metallic cores deep within the terrestrial planets of our solar system, including our planet Earth. Yet, our modern machines cannot feasibly withstand the heat, pressure, or have the drilling capacity to visit the Earth’s core. However, the asteroid Psyche offers a unique window into the building blocks of early planet formation. It is the only known place in our solar system where we can examine directly what may contain metal from the core of an early planet. The Psyche mission is an opportunity to investigate for the first time a world made of metal.
Psyche is the name of the asteroid, the spacecraft, and the mission. The spacecraft will carry a multispectral imager, a gamma ray and neutron spectrometer, a magnetometer, and conduct radio science. All these instruments together will collect a plethora of measurements and information that we have not previously had before. The Psyche spacecraft is scheduled to launch late summer of this year.
Jerina Winter Gabriel
Jerina Gabriel (she/her) imagines design as an outlet for transforming ideas into reality through various art forms such as photoshop, typography, video editing, and UI/UX. She creates impactful designs that form a meaningful experience for her audience. Jerina is a proud first generation immigrant of Filipino parents who worked hard to support her going to university and pursuing her creative dreams.