Access ASU is celebrating the Arizona State University-led NASA Psyche mission launch with a themed spirit week and photo contest for students throughout the state. The Psyche mission, selected by NASA’s discovery program, will launch on Oct. 5, starting its journey to an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter.
Access ASU’s Psyche Mission Spirit Week aims to highlight the significance of career exploration for elementary, middle and high school students, a press release explained.
By showcasing students’ imaginative costumes and themes representing professions related to space exploration, Access ASU, a K-12 enrichment division at ASU, hopes to inspire young minds to dream big and explore endless possibilities for their future careers, the release explained.
“Since the Psyche mission transit will last six years, we want Arizona middle and high school students to know there is a possibility they could work on the active mission as ASU students,” said ASU Associate Vice President for Outreach Allison Otu in the release.
Psyche Spirit Week will run from Oct. 2 through Oct. 6, with the following schedule:
Monday, Oct. 2: Asteroid Belt Accessories Day
Tuesday, Oct. 3: Cosmic Careers Tuesday
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Out-of-this-World Wednesday
Thursday, Oct. 5: Asteroids and Aspirations
Friday, Oct. 6: Galactic Team Friday
All Arizona schools and families are welcome to participate and share their photos from the spirit days for a chance to win a VIP tour visiting the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration's space operations, such as the 3D Astronomy Show, the Mars Space Flight Facility and Science Operations Center.
ASU leads the Psyche mission in partnership with Jet Propulsion Laboratories at the California Institute of Technology, the release stated.
Classrooms and families are encouraged to watch the Psyche mission live on Oct. 5 at 7:38 a.m. MST. To learn more about the mission, visit www.psyche.asu.edu/.