NASA won’t cancel Psyche asteroid mission, targets October 2023 launch

NASA’s Psyche asteroid mission has pulled its head off the chopping block.

The Psyche spacecraft was supposed to launch towards its namesake, a bizarre metallic space rock in the main asteroid belt, between August and October of this year. But issues with Psyche’s flight software made it impossible to hit that window, leading NASA to announce in June that it had postponed the liftoff and initiated a “continuation/termination” review of the mission.

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