Newly discovered asteroid just second of its kind

Newly discovered asteroid just second of its kind

Adapted from ESA’s Safety & Security Page. You may have heard of the Trojans, two vast swarms of asteroids that lead and trail Jupiter on its orbit around the Sun. But the king of the planets doesn’t hold a monopoly on Trojan asteroids. The physics that gives rise to the formation of these distinctive collections […]

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.