On January 4, NASA published a press release, stating that two Discovery Program missions have been chosen that will explore the history of our solar system- essentially meaning they are sending spacecrafts to study asteroids.
The mission named Lucy is set to launch in 2021 and will explore six of Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
The other mission is called Psyche, launching in 2023, and set to explore 16 Psyche, a giant metal asteroid on the main asteroid belt, with similarities to Earth’s core.
In other NASA news, astronauts of Expedition 50 are gearing up for a spacewalk tomorrow, January 6, to perform an upgrade to the International Space Station’s power system. Another spacewalk will take place January 13 to complete this upgrade.