Planetary Radio • Oct 25, 2023

Simulating Psyche: Modeling craters on a metallic world

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Simone Marchi

Senior Research Scientist for Southwest Research Institute

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Kate Howells

Public Education Specialist for The Planetary Society

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society

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Sarah Al-Ahmed

Planetary Radio Host and Producer for The Planetary Society

NASA's Psyche mission launched on Oct. 13, 2023 on a journey to explore its namesake, the metallic asteroid Psyche. Simone Marchi, co-investigator for the Psyche mission, joins Planetary Radio to share the creative ways their mission team is working to understand cratering on metallic worlds, including everything from computer modeling to blasting metallic meteorites with projectiles. The Planetary Society's Public Education Specialist Kate Howells will discuss the Japanese Space Agency's newest moon mission, SLIM. Then, Bruce Betts, the chief scientist of The Planetary Society, will share his experiences with crater modeling and a fresh random space fact.

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Psyche launches
Psyche launches A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying NASA's Psyche spacecraft lifts off on Oct. 13, 2023.Image: SpaceX
Psyche the spacecraft at Psyche the asteroid
Psyche the spacecraft at Psyche the asteroid This artist's illustration depicts NASA’s Psyche spacecraft exploring the asteroid Psyche.Image: Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / ASU / SSL / Peter Rubin
Psyche the asteroid
Psyche the asteroid An artist’s concept.Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU
SLIM rolling out to the launch pad
SLIM rolling out to the launch pad The H-IIA Launch Vehicle rolls out to the launch pad with the XRISM and SLIM spacecraft aboard.Image: JAXA