NASA’s Psyche Gets Huge Solar Arrays for Trip to Metal-Rich Asteroid

NASA’s Psyche mission is almost ready for its moment in the Sun

Twin solar arrays have been attached to the spacecraft body, unfolded lengthwise, and then restowed

At 800 square feet, the five-panel, cross-shaped solar arrays are the largest ever installed at JPL

After a 3 ½-year solar-powered cruise, the craft will arrive in 2026 at the asteroid Psyche, 

The spacecraft will spend nearly two years making increasingly close orbits of the asteroid to study it

The underlying technology isn’t much different from solar panels installed on a home

instruments relay to scientists will help them better understand the mysterious asteroid.

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