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Psyche, Discovery Mission 14 - a visit to the metallic asteroid, 16 Psyche
HSchirmer
post Mar 5 2020, 02:28 PM
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QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Mar 5 2020, 05:41 AM) *
The same reason I expect the dramatic spiked craters and "rusty" portions in the artist concepts of these press releases are quite exaggerated. Doubtless eons of micrometeorid bombardment will have worn any feature like that down (like the lunar landscape, which is far less sharp then the Chesley Bonestell paintings).
It will still look really cool, of course! wink.gif


Don't forget, recent papers found metal whiskers on Itokowa samples, so we might have "bottle brush" features on a mostly metal asteroid...
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post Mar 5 2020, 03:14 PM
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I think the beauty of science is to verify our imaginations. Reality sometimes turns out to be more prosaic, and sometimes it exceeds our imagination.

We need missions like this very much - just because we can build a real picture of the Universe (Our World) and... imagine even more.
No one really knows what we'll see on Psyche!
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Can someone give some insights into Psyche's magnetometer crisis that apparently happened late 2019? It seems around that time (quite late in the project, I think) UCLA was going to become unavailable to build the magnetometer for Psyche, which is now developed and built by the Technical University of Denmark. Probably, this move (never widely publicized, I believe) is somehow related to UCLA's late involvement in Europa Clipper, isn't it?
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