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U.S. launches 1st mission to explore metal-rich asteroid

Published : 13 Oct 2023, 22:48

  DF News Desk
The screenshot taken from the streaming of NASA shows the Psyche spacecraft on its way to a metal-rich asteroid on Oct. 13, 2023. Photo: Xinhua.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched its Psyche mission on Friday, the first-ever U.S. mission to study a metal-rich asteroid, reported Xinhua.

The Psyche spacecraft lifted off Friday morning aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida.

Psyche will travel 3.5 billion kilometers to a metal-rich asteroid in the far reaches of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The mission aims to help scientists learn more about the formation of rocky bodies in our solar system, according to NASA.