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Secrets of the solar system: a spaceship will study an asteroid near Jupiter

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In August 2022, NASA will send NASA Psyche into the asteroid belt to search for the early cores of our solar system.

A spaceship will be sent to study an asteroid / Photo: NASA

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The target of the mission is a metal-rich asteroid, also called Psyche, in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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From terrestrial and space telescopes, the asteroid looks like a fuzzy spot, but, according to scientists, it has potato shape and rotates on its side, writes Phys.org.

By analyzing the light reflected from an asteroid, scientists hypothesize that it is extraordinary rich in metal.

In the process of studying data from the spacecraft, scientists hope to answer fundamental questions about the formation of our Solar system.

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After launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in August 2022, Psyche will swim past Mars nine months later, and dash toward the asteroid using the gravity of the Red Planet.

The spacecraft will cover a distance of 2.4 billion kilometers. It will approach the asteroid at the end of 2025, will enter its orbit – in January 2026.

We will remind, earlier Japan took up the construction of a lunar rover for an American company.


Source From: Segodnya

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