Psyche Mission Team at JPL
Members of the Psyche team pose for a photo at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California on April 13, 2022, a few weeks before the spacecraft shipped from JPL to the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Slated for an October 2023 launch, Psyche is scheduled to reach its destination – a mysterious asteroid of the same name, in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter – in July 2029.
Arizona State University leads the Psyche mission. A division of Caltech in Pasadena, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is responsible for the mission's overall management, system engineering, integration and test, and mission operations. Maxar Technologies in Palo Alto, California, provided the high-power solar electric propulsion spacecraft chassis.
Psyche is the 14th mission selected as part of NASA's Discovery Program, managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. NASA's Launch Services Program, based at the Kennedy Space Center, is managing the launch service.