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NASA pushes back planned launch of Psyche mission to explore metal-rich asteroid

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA has pushed back an asteroid mission that is set to launch from the Kennedy Space Center.

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NASA and SpaceX plan to launch a spacecraft to study Psyche.

Psyche is a unique metal-rich asteroid that geologists think was once part of a planet’s metallic core.

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The launch was planned to happen on Oct. 5.

The launch is now set for Oct. 12, so NASA crews can finish verifying part of the spacecraft.

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A static fire test for the mission is set for Friday.

Channel 9 will continue to monitor NASA’s Psyche mission and will provide updates on Eyewitness News.

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