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  • Artist’s concept of 16 Psyche and the craft being sent to explore.

    Countdown to Psyche mission launch

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 12, 2023

    At T-minus 25 days until the launch of the Psyche, the technicians behind this first mission to a metal-rich asteroid beyond the orbit of Mars can barely contain their excitement. "It's getting increasingly real," said Henry Stone, Psyche's project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. "We are counting the days. The team is more than ready to send this spacecraft off on its journey, and it's very exciting." No stranger to playing the long game,...

  • Artist rendering of a spacecraft exploring the metal-rich 16 Psyche asteroid.

    Space mining visionaries play long game

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Like flying cars and jet packs, space travel, colonization and resource mining are all lagging behind the imaginations of Hollywood, scientists, and billionaire CEOs. This is partly because NASA and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (and any other nation's government-supported agencies) have a problem – the project ambitions of the U.S. Congress-funded space agency is hedged by the variable length of a presidential term and the resulting appointments. Therefore, it is up to the p...

  • Concept of NASA’s Psyche spacecraft approaching the metal-rich asteroid.

    NASA is psyched about asteroid mission

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Psyche mission to $10 quintillion metal asteroid is slated for 2023. NASA and the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are psyched about a recent decision to put their planned mission to a metal-rich asteroid beyond Mars back on the docket. The space agency had originally planned to send a probe to 16 Psyche, a roughly 140-mile-wide asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter, earlier this year. This mission, named after the destination asteroid, however, had to be scrubbed...

  • SpaceX Falcon launches from Cape Canaveral Heavy Falcon NASA Psyche Mission

    SpaceX to launch NASA mission to Psyche

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    SpaceX will be launching a NASA payload to 16 Psyche, a roughly 173-mile-long asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter that is made up of nickel, iron and other metals. Currently slated for launch in July 2022, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will carry three payloads – equipment to support studies of the metallic asteroid, Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (EscaPADE), which will study the Martian atmosphere, and Janus, which will study binary a...

  • Mars colonist solar panels spacesuit Martian mining construction SpaceX

    Trump order lays space mining groundwork

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 14, 2020

    Space exploration and colonization will not always be able to rely on the expense of rocketing goods beyond the gravitational pull of Earth. Instead, the mining of ice and other minerals for fuel, water and building materials will need to be carried out by aspiring extraterrestrial pioneers such as SpaceX. To ensure space explorers are able to extract the resources they need to travel to, live and work on the Moon, Mars and beyond, President Donald Trump has signed an...