NASA to explore a metal asteroid that could be the core of a doomed planet


Two new missions selected by NASA Wednesday will help scientists understand the beginnings of our solar system. 

The missions — called Lucy and Psyche and expected to launch in 2021 and 2023, respectively — will send robotic spacecraft to asteroids thought to be leftovers from the dawn of planet formation billions of years ago.

“Lucy will visit a target-rich environment of Jupiter’s mysterious Trojan asteroids, while Psyche will study a unique metal asteroid that’s never been visited before,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s science mission directorate, in a statementRead more…

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