16 PSYCHE - GET PSYCHED!
NASA and SpaceX are “Psyched” to start a new mission together - chasing asteroids! You heard that right. Typically you hear about storm chasers and parents chasing their kids...but we’re actually headed to space to chase asteroids. The mission itself - called “Psyche” - is slated to launch in 2022 on a Falcon Heavy rocket. The mission centers around an asteroid called - you guessed it - “Psyche." 16 Psyche is located between Mars and Jupiter and orbits the sun. Psyche is made of a lot of metal, but still considered unique. According to NASA, it appears to be mostly made of nickel-iron, which is considered to be a building block of the solar system.
Earth is considered to be a rocky, terrestrial planet (though we have a lot of water on our planet). Scientists basically assume a rocky, terrestrial planet has a core made of metal. But we can’t measure Earth’s core directly. So scientists believe studying 16 Psyche will tell us more about Earth and how terrestrial planets are created and how they adjust and change over time.
Venus made her presence known at the end of February...and will again at the end of March. The bright planet made a move very close to the moon (at least from our point of view) and provided us a chance at some awesome photos:
The moon will pass close to Venus again at the end of March. The Pleiades get in on the act too:
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