Back in 2005, the New Horizons spacecraft was launched. Ten years later, it flew by Pluto, and our view of the planet sharpened from an almost-featureless blob to a world with mountains and plains. In a few days, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a spacecraft to the metal-rich asteroid Psyche. In 2029, the Psyche orbiter will arrive at the asteroid, and our view will improve over the image above which was taken by the ESO’s Very Large Telescope.
Image Credit: ESO