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SpaceX won a NASA contract to explore an asteroid named Psyche.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rockets will get $117 million to launch NASA's payload on its journey to study the asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.


Why Psyche? Because it's made of "the exposed nickel-iron core of an early planet — one of the building blocks of our solar system." NASA thinks that by studying this asteroid, it can learn more about the Earth's core as well. (It's kind of like the plot of "Armageddon," but for science instead of saving the world.) The launch is set for July 2022.

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