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(Discovery 14)
(planned space mission to orbit an asteroid)

Psyche (Discovery 14) is a planned space mission to travel to and orbit an asteroid, 16 Psyche. The plan was submitted as a candidate for NASA's Discovery Program in 2015 and accepted in 2017 for a launch in 2022 and a 4-year flight to the asteroid followed by 21 months of science investigation. Instruments:

16 Psyche is a large (average diameter of 226 km), massive asteroid of interest for study because it is thought to be a stripped protoplanet core, consisting of iron and nickel.

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