Lucy Mission News

The Lucy Mission, launched by NASA in October 2021, is a pioneering space mission aimed at exploring Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, a group of asteroids that share Jupiter’s orbit around the Sun. Named after the famous fossilized human ancestor, Lucy, the mission seeks to study these primordial bodies to better understand the formation of the solar system and how planets and other celestial bodies came into being. Over a 12-year journey, the Lucy spacecraft is expected to fly by one main belt asteroid and seven Trojan asteroids. These Trojans are believed to be remnants from the early solar system, effectively serving as time capsules that can provide invaluable insights into the conditions and processes of the solar system’s early years. The mission stands out for its ambitious goal of visiting multiple asteroids with a single spacecraft, utilizing advanced technology and instruments to analyze the composition, density, geology, and atmospheres of these objects.