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NASA is going to probe the metal core of a dead planet

LNM Radio Network

Every few years, NASA picks a roughly $450 million mission to explore the solar system.

On Wednesday, however, the space agency announced not one, but two new space probes from a batch of five finalists.

One will fly out to Jupiter to explore its swarms of mysterious, burgundy-colored asteroids.

A second mission will visit the all-metal asteroid 16 Psyche: the core of a dead planet that was almost entirely destroyed billions of years ago.

“These missions will help us learn about the infancy of our solar system, a period just 10 million years after the birth of our sun,” Jim Green, the leader of NASA’s planetary science program, said in a NASA video.