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NASA puts final pieces together for Psyche metal asteroid mission

NASA puts final pieces together for Psyche metal asteroid mission

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ORLANDO, Fla., April 6 (UPI) -- NASA's Psyche asteroid spacecraft is coming together on schedule in California for an August 2022 launch from Florida to explore the giant hunk of metal that circles the sun between Mars and Jupiter. The space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena took delivery of the main body of the spacecraft, or chassis, in March and started assembly work, Robert Mase, deputy project manager for the nearly $ 1 billion mission, told UPI via email. Advertisement "The next big milestone comes when it ships to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in spring 2022," Mase said. Technicians and engineers now will begin final assembly, he said. That includes outfitting the craft with the sensors needed to analyze the metal space object, including a variety of imaging equipment t...