BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA’s Lucy spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Oct. 16 on the first space mission to study the Trojan asteroids.
The Lucy mission is a 12-year journey to explore eight different asteroids. The spacecraft is equipped with a sophisticated camera, among other tools.
In March of 2033, #LucyMission will fly by Petroclus and Menoetius, a binary pair of asteroids trailing Jupiter. What will your life be like when Lucy makes it to the final two encounters of the mission?— Lucy Mission (@LucyMission) September 27, 2021
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The Lucy mission takes its name from one of the most well-known human ancestor fossils. The Lucy mission is expected to expand our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of the solar system.
After traveling about a billion miles to reach the Trojans, Lucy will fly within 600 miles of the asteroids’ surfaces.
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Lucy’s 21-day launch window opens on Oct. 16. If the mission doesn’t lift off in that time frame, it would mean a significant delay.
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