Asteroid-bound Psyche spacecraft fires up ion thrusters, starts cruising through space

Asteroid-bound Psyche spacecraft fires up ion thrusters, starts cruising through space

NASA’s mission to the metal-rich asteroid 16 Psyche has fired up its ion engines and is now cruising across the solar system under the power of solar-electric propulsion.

The launch of the spacecraft, which is also called Psyche, on October 13, 2023 gave it enough of an initial boost to take it across more than 190 million miles (300 million kilometers) of space, which is beyond the orbit of Mars

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