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 […]
Lucy in the Sky With Asteroids: NASA’s 12-Year Mission to the Beginning of the Solar System Lifts Off
Early in the morning on Saturday, October 16, NASA’s Lucy mission, a 12-year journey to uncover answers about the solar system’s early history in Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, launched on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
One solar array on the spacecraft hasn’t latched properly, NASA said Sunday, noting that the issue should pose “no threat to its health and safety.”
The launch will take place on October 16, 2021, with coverage beginning at 5:00 am EDT from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
NASA’s Lucy spacecraft is bound to launch this week or on Oct. 16 to be exact. It seeks to study the Trojan asteroids near the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter.
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.
Lucy’s liftoff, with a window of opportunity that begins October 16, will take it to the so-called Trojan asteroids, which orbit the Sun in the same ellipse as Jupiter, but either ahead of or behind the giant planet.