LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Fri Oct 13 2023
SpaceX

Psyche & EscaPADE

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

October 13, 2023 at 10:19 AM EDT

(October 13, 2023 at 2:19 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

October 13, 2023 at 10:19 AM EDT

(October 13, 2023 at 2:19 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

October 13, 2023 at 10:19 AM EDT

(October 13, 2023 at 2:19 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Planetary Science
    • Psyche is a NASA interplanetary mission to visit the main belt asteroid of the same name, 16 Psyche. Spacecraft will take 4 years and one Mars flyby to reach the asteroid, which is of particular interest due to being comprised mostly of iron and nickel. Psyche is theorized to be a remnant of an early planet's core, and may offer insights into how solar system formed and evolved. The mission is led by Arizona State University, with NASA JPL being responsible for mission management and operations. This launch also includes a secondary payload: Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (EscaPADE), which will study the Martian atmosphere.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

    Pad

    Launch Complex 39A