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Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Our Psyche mission to a metal world, which will explore a giant metal asteroid known as 16 Psyche, is getting a new, earlier launch date. Psyche is now expected to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in 2022, cruise through the solar system for 4.6 years, and arrive at the Psyche asteroid in 2026, four years earlier than planned. 

Below are 10 things to know about this mission to a completely new and unexplored type of world.

1. Psyche, Squared 

Psyche is the name of the NASA space mission and the name of the unique metal asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. The asteroid was discovered in 1852 by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis and named after the Greek mythological figure Psyche, whom Cupid fell in love with. “Psyche” in Greek also means “soul.”

2. Mission: Accepted

The Psyche Mission was selected for flight earlier this year under NASA’s Discovery Program. And it will take a village to pull off: The spacecraft is being built by Space Systems Loral in Palo Alto, California; the mission is led by Arizona State University; and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be responsible for mission management, operations and navigation.

3. An Unusual Asteroid 

For the very first time, this mission will let us examine a world made not of rock and ice, but metal. Scientists think Psyche is comprised mostly of metallic iron and nickel, similar to Earth’s core - which means Psyche could be an exposed core of an early planet as large as Mars.

4. Sweet 16 

Psyche the asteroid is officially known as 16 Psyche, since it was the 16th asteroid to be discovered. It lies within the asteroid belt, is irregularly shaped, about the size of Massachusetts, and is about three times farther away from the sun than Earth.

5. Discoveries Abound 

The Psyche mission will observe the asteroid for 20 months. Scientists hope to discover whether Psyche is the core of an early planet, how old it is, whether it formed in similar ways to Earth’s core, and what its surface is like. The mission will also help scientists understand how planets and other bodies separated into their layers including cores, mantles and crusts early in their histories. “Psyche is the only known object of its kind in the solar system and this is the only way humans will ever visit a core,” said Principal Investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University.

6. Think Fast 

The mission launch and arrival were moved up because Psyche’s mission design team were able to plot a more efficient trajectory that no longer calls for an Earth gravity assist, ultimately shortening the cruise time. The new trajectory also stays farther from the sun, reducing the amount of heat protection needed for the spacecraft, and will still include a Mars flyby in 2023.

7. Gadgets Galore

The Psyche spacecraft will be decked out with a multispectral imager, gamma ray and neutron spectrometer, magnetometer, and X-band gravity science investigation. More: https://sese.asu.edu/research/psyche

8. Stunning Solar Panels 

In order to support the new mission trajectory, the solar array system was redesigned from a four-panel array in a straight row on either side of the spacecraft to a more powerful five-panel x-shaped design, commonly used for missions requiring more capability. Much like a sports car, combining a relatively small spacecraft body with a very high-power solar array design means the Psyche spacecraft will be able to speed to its destination much faster. Check out this artist’s-concept illustration here: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/artists-concept-of-psyche-spacecraft-with-five-panel-array

9. See For Yourself

Watch the planned Psyche mission in action.

10. Even More Asteroids

Our missions to asteroids began with the orbiter NEAR of asteroid Eros, which arrived in 2000, and continues with Dawn, which orbited Vesta and is now in an extended mission at Ceres. The mission OSIRIS-REx, which launched on Sept. 8, 2016, is speeding toward a 2018 rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu, and will deliver a sample back to Earth in 2023. The Lucy mission is scheduled to launch in October 2021 and will explore six Jupiter Trojan asteroids. More: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6713

Want to learn more? Read our full list of the 10 things to know this week about the solar system HERE.

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Paulihno/Dorinha - Vivências (1972)

I stumbled on this wonderful song the other day, and I’ve just been listening to it on repeat. It’s just got that early 70s Brazilian psych folk sound that drives me crazy. Paulinho and Dorinha Tapajós were brother and sister, and this song is apparently from a soundtrack to a Brazilian TV show. And from what I can tell O Terço, the Brazilian progressive band is providing the backing.

Two New Missions to Explore the Early Solar System

We’ve got big science news…!

We’ve just added two more science missions to our lineup! The two selected missions have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 millions years after the birth of our sun.

The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen from five finalists and will proceed to mission formulation.

Let’s take a dive into each mission…


Lucy, a robotic spacecraft, will visit a target-rich environment of Jupiter’s mysterious Trojan asteroids. Scheduled to launch in October 2021, the spacecraft is slated to arrive at its first destination, a main asteroid belt, in 2025. 

Then, from 2027 to 2033, Lucy will explore six Jupiter Trojan asteroids. These asteroids are trapped by Jupiter’s gravity in two swarms that share the planet’s orbit, one leading and one trailing Jupiter in its 12-year circuit around the sun. The Trojans are thought to be relics of a much earlier era in the history of the solar system, and may have formed far beyond Jupiter’s current orbit.

Studying these Trojan asteroids will give us valuable clues to deciphering the history of the early solar system.


The Psyche mission will explore one of the most intriguing targets in the main asteroid belt – a giant metal asteroid, known as 16 Psyche, about three times farther away from the sun than is the Earth. The asteroid measures about 130 miles in diameter and, unlike most other asteroids that are rocky or icy bodies, it is thought to be comprised of mostly metallic iron and nickel, similar to Earth’s core.

Scientists wonder whether psyche could be an exposed core of an early planet that could have been as large as Mars, but which lost its rocky outer layers due to a number of violent collisions billions of years ago.

The mission will help scientists understand how planets and other bodies separated into their layers early in their histories. The Psyche robotic mission is targeted to launch in October of 2023, arriving at the asteroid in 2030, following an Earth gravity assist spacecraft maneuver in 2024 and a Mars flyby in 2025.

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‘Psych: The Movie’ Is Real, as the ‘Psych’ Cast Reunites for a New Case This Christmas

Christmas has come early for the “Psych”-os: USA Network confirms that it has ordered a “Psych” reunion movie, set to premiere this December.

James Roday, who stars as fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer, and Dulé Hill, who plays his childhood best friend and business partner Burton “Gus” Guster, are back for “Psych: The Movie.” The 2-hour event takes place three years after the events of the show’s 2014 finale.

Creator Steve Franks co-wrote the movie with Roday and will also direct it. Also back: Timothy Omundson (Lassiter), Maggie Lawson (Juliet), Corbin Bernsen (Henry) and Kirsten Nelson (Chief Vick). Production begins on May 24.

READ MORE: ‘Psych’ Movie: All Signs Point to Production Beginning as Early as This Summer

“Psych” premiered in 2006 and ran for eight seasons. According to USA, the film will follow the pals gathering during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own.

“‘Psych’ is a beloved part of our USA family, and what better time to reunite with family than the holidays.” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Steve and James have taken the unique brand of comedy that the series honed over eight seasons and packed it in to a two-hour movie that successfully rekindles one of the greatest bro-mances in television history.”

Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and President, Universal Cable Productions, credited the show’s rabid fan base – who affectionately call themselves “Psych-os” – for keeping the franchise alive.

Franks, Roday and Hill executive produce the film with Tagline’s Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak.

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~sometime in year two~

Jack can hear humming from the kitchen. He smiles as he comes downstairs, dressed for a run, T-shirt and sweatpants. Must be Bittle. Kid’s at it especially early this morning. Psyched for the game later, maybe, or just in one of his indomitable good moods. At least he isn’t going full blast in the shower again.

Even with the shower singing, though, Jack’s come to the conclusion that having Bittle in the Haus is a net positive. He brings something, a new flavor of sorts. Not that anything was missing, but even so. There’s a kind of charge in the air when he’s around, like he’s always got a thousand ideas. It’s exciting, even if it makes it a little harder to relax.

Jack sneaks carefully across the floorboards, hoping not to disturb him. He’ll sneak out the door before Bittle’s even noticed anyone’s gone by. Knowing him, he’s got his earbuds so deep in his head he can’t hear anything, anyway. One step past the downstairs bathroom, two steps to the kitchen doorway.

And Jack stops.

It’s a flash of skin that halts him at first. Bittle’s shirt is too tight, and it rides up as he reaches up to grab a mixing bowl from a high cabinet. Jack sees the small of his back bared, then his waist as he turns slightly.

Just skin, nothing he hasn’t seen before, but it feels like a illicit peek somehow, and Jack feels a flush rising in his cheeks. Stop looking, he tells himself. Go for your run.

He’s just managing to tear himself away when Bittle cocks his hips hard and sings in a breathy gasp, “Why?”

God help him, but at that moment Jack is locked right back into staring. The angle of those hips. They’re scandalous. Jack’s not even sure how. They just are.

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anonymous asked:

who do you associate steve and tony with in the greek mythology? with the lovers though, not them in individuals

i’ve made a post about this before with both lovers and individuals. 

EROS X PSYCHE is like your tailor made mythology au for early 616 identity porn. psyche falls in love with eros despite never being able to see his face and only being able to touch him at night. i’ve seen this played out beautifully a dozen times in fic because tony keeps up his separate identity of iron man being his bodyguard till the very end where the truth is revealed because molecule man destroyed his suit. there’s also the added fun of him having to recharge his heart and having to use the breastplate so he can’t be touched earlier on before he gets the R.T.

ORPHEUS X EURYDICE is one for masochists. especially post civil war with a tony who’d do anything and go to any lengths to bring steve back from the actual underworld. au where he barters his soul to go into the depths of hell and bring steve back out but the one thing he fails to do is not look back

ACHILLES X PATROCLUS ofc has to be on here. they have the same coloring and bond and seriously imagine 616 steve just. losing his shit after tony dies in a battle. patroclus was also more than just achilles’ lover and most trusted confidante, achilles trusted him with half of his army and valued his knowledge and expertise in battle strategy. and i will bet you like twenty bucks that even if you don’t go here you’ve seen the song of achilles quote “I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world” floating around on some edit.

APOLLO X DIONYSUS my personal weakness bc i’m a sucker for ships where this works perfectly for them. steve as the god of medicine, poetry, dance, music. literal sunshine. and tony as the god of wine, agriculture and ecstasy. the latter of which is terrible on multiple levels i know bc demon in a bottle. but dionysus is also a patron of the arts and fertility, so he’s the god of creation both literally and figuratively. apollo and dionysus are linked throughout discourse on mythology because of the apollonian-dionysian divide, or a dichotomy of reason and rationality vs. irrationality and chaos. but the greeks didn’t consider the two gods to be opposites or rivals, they are the two deities who are interlaced by nature. both concepts are famously linked in nietzsche’s ‘the birth of tragedy’. hOW META IS THAT. literally the tension and interplay between apollonian and dionysian ideas is the content of all great tragedy.

HADES X PERSEPHONE ok this one doesn’t necessarily fit but every other fandom’s every other ship gets to do it so i don’t see why we can’t. hades and persephone legit the most faithful couple in the entire pantheon. tony as hades and steve as persephone but hey you could totally invert that if strikes your fancy. lots of flower crowns and beauty-and-the-beast imagery but underneath it all a couple that really truly loves each other and reign as king and queen of the underworld.