NASA Forced To Scrap Planned 2022 Launch of Psyche Asteroid Mission

NASA announced on Friday, June 24, 2022, that the Psyche asteroid mission

the agency’s first mission designed to study a metal-rich asteroid, will not make its planned 2022 launch

 NASA lacks sufficient time to complete the testing required ahead of its remaining launch period this year

The mission team needs additional time to ensure that the software will function properly in flight.

NASA selected Psyche in 2017 as part of the agency’s Discovery Program, a line of low-cost,

NASA takes the cost and schedule commitments of its projects and programs very seriously

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate

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