NASA launched it's 'Mission Psyche' on 13th October via SpeceX Falcon Rocket from Kennedy space center in Florida
What is 16 Psyche?
16 Psyche is an asteroid currently orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.
As per NASA, it is three times farther from the Sun compared to Earth.
Most interesting fact about this asteroid is that, it is made up of Gold, Silver and Nickel deposits, worth more than Earth's economy put together Approx. $10 quintillion!!
Size of 16 Psyche
It is one of the biggest asteroid in our solar system, 279 km across at its widest point.
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Spacecraft will enter 16 Psyche asteroid's orbit in 2029 and spend two years mapping asteroid's topography.
Through this mission scientist will get to know how metal core asteroids and planets are formed. They also hope to explore building block of the planets formation i.e. Iron Core.
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