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A space mission that welcomes students onboard

A space mission that welcomes students onboard

From the moment the Psyche mission — a four-year journey to a metal-rich asteroid — was awarded to her team in 2017, Principal Investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton knew she wanted to make the mission accessible to students throughout the country. To date, more than 4,000 students and lifelong learners from across the nation have participated in the Psyche Student Collaborations program.
From a clean room to deep space

From a clean room to deep space

In late April, the Psyche spacecraft — the heart of the first ASU-led deep-space mission — will be flown to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it will undergo final preparations for its scheduled launch in August and 3½-year journey to the asteroid Psyche. But this week, members of the media got a final glimpse at it in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Here's what the experience was like.

Lindy Elkins-Tanton has head in the stars, feet on the ground

Lindy Elkins-Tanton has head in the stars, feet on the ground

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, vice president of the ASU Interplanetary Initiative, was chosen as one of four Regents Professors for 2022, the highest faculty honor one can achieve. Elkins-Tanton is the principal investigator for the Psyche mission, the 14th in NASA’s Discovery program, and only the second woman chosen to lead a competitive planetary science mission.

Psyche Mission | A Mission to a Metal World

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California prepare to integrate four Hall thrusters (beneath red protective covers) into the Psyche spacecraft in July 2021. The spacecraft will use solar arrays to capture sunlight that is converted to electricity to power the thrusters. Hall thrusters will be used for the first time beyond lunar orbit on this mission, demonstrating that they could play a role in supporting future missions to deep space. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Science as a way to heal and connect

Science as a way to heal and connect

Lindy Elkins-Tanton has two launches on her calendar this year. Most prominent is the launch of the Psyche mission, for which Elkins-Tanton is principal investigator. But before that is the launch of her memoir, “A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman,” on June 7. It is the story of science as a place of healing, as a way of building a life philosophy — finding meaning through the wonders of the world and the universe around us.

ASU-led NASA Psyche mission is a year out from launch

ASU-led NASA Psyche mission is a year out from launch

The anticipation is building for the ASU-led NASA Psyche mission team, as the countdown clock now displays the mission’s launch as less than 365 days away.

ASU's Lindy Elkins-Tanton among new class of National Academy of Sciences members

ASU's Lindy Elkins-Tanton among new class of National Academy of Sciences members

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, ASU professor and planetary scientist, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She joins 120 newly elected national and international members – 59 of whom are women, the most elected in a single year.

ASU-led NASA Psyche mission capstone team wins smartphone app competition

ASU-led NASA Psyche mission capstone team wins smartphone app competition

An Arizona State University capstone team has designed and launched a new interactive NASA Psyche Mission smartphone app to engage with the public.

NASA Psyche Mission showcases virtual gallery for national student artists

NASA Psyche Mission showcases virtual gallery for national student artists

Psyche mission capstone team prepared for the real world of space exploration and research

Psyche mission capstone team prepared for the real world of space exploration and research

While the ASU-led NASA Psyche mission launch is still a little more than two years away, teams of undergraduate students throughout the U.S. have been working on their senior capstone projects for the mission, applying their knowledge and skills to real-world projects. At ASU, one such team has two major milestones to celebrate: It is the first School of Earth and Space Exploration team to complete their Psyche mission capstone project, and each student will be graduating this May.

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