NASA’s daring Lucy asteroid mission is ready to launch

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Lucy in final preparations for launch, Principal Investigator discusses mission’s trajectory

With the launch date just two weeks away, the mission’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Hal Levison, spoke with NASASpaceflight about the mission’s trajectory and what might become of Lucy once its 12-year primary mission has ended.

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On July 30, 2021, Lucy arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida and was unloaded from a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane and moved to an Astrotech cleanroom.

There, teams have taken Lucy through final preparations and checkouts for launch including post-shipment inspections to confirm the spacecraft was still in good condition.

Date: 2021-10-02T20:43:08+00:00
Twitter: @NASASpaceflight
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NASA’s Lucy mission toward Jupiter will explore eight never-before

Far out in Jupiter’s orbit lie the Trojan asteroids — fossils from the rock collection that spawned the giant planets over 4 billion years ago. These hovering time capsules could hold keys that unlock the origins of Earth, Saturn and Mars.

And in a couple of weeks, NASA’s Lucy mission is sending a spacecraft toward the ancient raw materials in an ambitious and daring attempt to access our solar system’s well-preserved history.

Perfectly named for the fossil that taught us about humanity’s genesis, Lucy’s 12-year-long trek promises to reveal a cosmic evolutionary record. The spacecraft will catch close-up views of a diverse selection of Trojan asteroids to help scientists decipher how and why our solar system’s planets came to be.’

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NASA to launch Lucy mission to Jupiter’s mysterious Trojan asteroids next month in bid to learn about the formation of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago

NASA‘s mission to study the Trojan asteroids will launch on October 16, the space agency said late Tuesday.’

In visiting these ancient celestial objects, the U.S. space agency hopes to understand more about how the planets formed 4.5 billion years ago and why they ended up where they did.

Known as the Lucy mission, it will leave from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 5:30 a.m. ET and explore seven of the Trojan asteroids, that have been called ‘fossils’ of the solar system, as well as one asteroid in the main belt.

Publisher: Mail Online
Date: 2021-09-29T15:28:58+0100
Author: Chris Ciaccia
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