Join online in the launch of NASA’s Psyche Mission

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NASA Invites Public to Share in Excitement of Psyche Mission

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The spacecraft is targeting liftoff at 10:16 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 12. The public can register to attend launch virtually.

NASA is inviting the public to take part in virtual activities ahead of the launch of NASA’s Psyche spacecraft. The Psyche spacecraft will travel about 2.2 billion miles to study a metal-rich asteroid of the same name. The asteroid, which lies in the outer portion of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, may be part of a core of a planetesimal (a building block of a planet) and can tell us more about planetary cores and Earth’s own formation.

Psyche is targeting liftoff at 10:16 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 12, on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft also is hosting a technology demonstration, NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC), which will be the first test of laser communications beyond the Moon.

Members of the public can register to attend the launch virtually. As a virtual guest, you have access to curated resources, schedule changes, and mission-specific information delivered straight to your inbox. Following each activity, virtual guests will receive a commemorative stamp for their virtual guest passport.

The live launch broadcast will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 12, and will air on YouTube, X, Facebook, Twitch, Daily Motion, the NASA app,, and NASA’s UHD Channel.

For more information about the Psyche mission, visit:

Starts on Thursday, October 12 · 7:16am PDT
1 day 1 hour

Registration will provide communications about launch schedule changes, information about highlighted mission activities, and access to curated mission resources.

Be our virtual guest for the launch of the Psyche spacecraft which will travel about 2.2 billion miles (3.6 billion kilometers) before entering orbit around its target, an asteroid of the same name. The Psyche asteroid is a unique destination, a metal-rich asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. It may be part of the core of a building block of an early planet.

All resources, participation, and registration are FREE. Register to let NASA know that you’re virtually participating!

While there is no physical ticket for online participation nor access to in-person launch activities, register to participate from your spot in the universe!

The use of the NASA logo or identifiers without permission of the Office of Communications is prohibited by federal statute and regulations, the violation of which may include fines, imprisonment, or both.


Thank you for registering to virtually join NASA for the launch of the Psyche Mission! The live broadcast will available here – – on launch day. Be sure to log-on a bit early to catch the countdown and make sure all your systems are go!

Want to share with friends, family, other space enthusiasts? We’re happy to have them. Just forward them the Virtual Guest web page to register:

No in-person or on-center activities are included with this registration.


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