NASA’s Psyche asteroid spacecraft is nearing the end of its assembly, test and launch operations mission phase. Soon, it will begin integrations and preparations for an October 5 launch. 

Psyche’s mission of studying a metal-rich body in the asteroid belt was originally scheduled to launch in October 2022, but was delayed due to problems with the probe’s flight software. But that software recently completed a comprehensive test campaign, and has now been installed onto Psyche’s systems. 

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