Thursday, October 12, 7:16 a.m. PT (10:16 a.m. ET)


Online (see event details)

Target Audience:

General Public


Update: Sept. 29, 2023 – NASA and SpaceX are now targeting Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:16 a.m. PT (10:16 a.m. ET) for the Psyche launch. Get the latest updates on NASA's Psyche Mission blog.

Follow along with NASA for the launch of the Psyche asteroid mission. The Psyche mission is designed to explore an asteroid – also named Psyche – that is thought to be the remnant of a planet's core. After escaping Earth’s gravity, the spacecraft will use solar electric propulsion (rather than a chemical engine) to make its six-year journey to the asteroid, arriving in August 2029.

The first opportunity for launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida is Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:16 a.m. PT (10:16 a.m. ET) with additional opportunities through October 25.

Education Resources

For Educators