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In the distance, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches with the Psyche spacecraft onboard. They are gray and almost blend in with the sky. A bright blaze extends from the bottom of the rocket and clouds of smoke roll just above the trees. Palm trees on the right take up the majority of the foreground.

Psyche Launch

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with the Psyche spacecraft onboard is launched from Launch Complex 39A, Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Psyche spacecraft will travel to a metal-rich asteroid by the same name orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter to study its composition. The spacecraft also carries the agency's Deep Space Optical Communications technology demonstration, which will test laser communications beyond the Moon.

Image Credit: NASA / Aubrey Gemignani