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Psyche, Discovery Mission 14 - a visit to the metallic asteroid, 16 Psyche
JRehling
post Mar 15 2017, 05:19 AM
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Nothing of any importance, but I thought it would be nice to take a look at Psyche at least once before the mission… I guess there's time to look at it a lot of times before then. Truth be told, I just pointed my telescope at the right place, took 3 pictures, then found it in the imagery after the fact. I never saw it with my eye, at least not knowing that I was seeing it.

The fact that it (identified with the cross hairs) is about fourth in brightness in a rather small and random portion of the sky gives you some idea for how unassuming Psyche is. It's currently magnitude 10.6 and the brighter star near it is magnitude 8.2. But the interest here is obviously in its unique composition, not size.

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post Mar 15 2017, 05:46 AM
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Very nice! We'll call this the official "before" shot. smile.gif


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post May 25 2017, 02:01 PM
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The launch date for this mission has been moved up one year to the summer of 2022. The arrival at Psyche will move up to 2026, a whopping four years earlier than originally scheduled.

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post May 25 2017, 08:16 PM
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Trajectory calculators coming through again! This move also skips the Earth flyby, leaving only the Mars flyby in 2023.
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post May 25 2017, 09:57 PM
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Wow!

A very welcome development. It's very rare in business/technology that faster = cheaper and more efficient.

I can't remember a 'planetary' mission being moved forward in this way before.
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post Oct 1 2017, 01:58 PM
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Testing of the ion engines has started; this mission will be the first use of Hall-effect thrusters beyond the Moon. Combined with laser communication, quite an upgrade over Dawn! https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6958
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