NASA’s Lucy Mission Continues Solar Array Deployment Process

Lucy in the Sky With Asteroids: NASA’s 12-Year Mission to the Beginning of the Solar System Lifts Off

NASA’s Lucy mission team is in the midst of a multi-stage effort to further deploy the spacecraft’s unlatched solar array. On May 9, the team commanded the spacecraft to operate the array’s deployment motor using both the primary and backup motor windings simultaneously to generate more torque, i.e. a harder pull. The motor operated as expected, further […]

Will NASA’s Lucy probe find signs of alien life at the Trojan asteroids?

Will NASA's Lucy probe find signs of alien life at the Trojan asteroids?

On Oct. 16, if all goes well, NASA will launch a Discovery-class space probe dubbed “Lucy” on a 12-year journey to visit the Trojan asteroids, which are clustered around two of the Jupiter-Sun Lagrange points. If scientist Jacob Haqq-Misra, Ph.D., is correct, Lucy has a chance of discovering evidence of intelligent alien life.