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NASA asteroid smallsats stranded by Psyche delay

NASA asteroid smallsats stranded by Psyche delay


NASA has removed the twin Janus smallsats from the Psyche asteroid mission after launch delays meant Janus would not be able to meet its science goals.

NASA’s Psyche mission was meant to launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket this autumn, bound to study a metal-rich asteroid — thought to be the exposed core of a protoplanet — orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. The Janus mission was to tag along for the ride, allowing its twin small satellite spacecraft to each use the launch to visit and study a separate binary asteroid system.

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