November 2, 2020 General 214

Asteroid: Psyche

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Asteroid: Psyche

1. 16 Psyche is a massive metal-rich M-type asteroid located in the asteroid belt between the two planets Mars and Jupiter.

2. Psyche was discovered on March 17, 1852 by the Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis.

3. The asteroid has a mean diameter of about 226 km, an escape velocity of ~180 m/s and a rotation period of about 4.196 hours.

4. At its closest point to the Sun, the Perihelion, Psyche is 2.513 AU (AU = Astronomical Unit (1 AU = 150 million km)) from the star and at its furthest point, the Aphelion, 3.328 AU. The asteroid needs 4.99 years for one orbit around its parent star.

5. Psyche contains about 1% of the mass of the entire asteroid belt and is most likely the exposed iron-nickel core of a protoplanet.

6. On January 4, 2017, NASA approved the development and construction of the Psyche spacecraft, which will be launched to the asteroid in July 2022 on a Falcon Heavy rocket.

7. Psyche will arrive at 16 Psyche in January 2026 and will study the asteroid for 21 months.

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