Lucy, a NASA asteroid mission, is set to launch into space with a Beatles connection.
(Screenshot courtesy of NASA’s Twitter account)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Lucy spacecraft has launched into space, beginning a 12-year mission to examine Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids.
At 5:34 a.m. EDT, an Atlas V rocket launched the spacecraft into orbit. The rocket carrying Lucy took off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.
Many people may be surprised to learn that the Lucy spacecraft has ties to the iconic band The Beatles. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is a Beatles song that many people are familiar with. The name of the spacecraft, as well as the disc it is carrying for its mission, is inspired by that song.
The Lucy Mission is sent into space by NASA. Lucy has some research to complete.
On Oct. 16, our #LucyMission launched aboard a @ULALaunch Atlas V rocket at 5:34 a.m. ET (9:34 a.m. UTC). A 12-year expedition to visit more asteroids than any previous mission begins now: pic.twitter.com/85xb8aG3u6 https://t.co/iRKKvRs28J pic.twitter.com/85xb8aG3u6 — NASA (@NASA) is an acronym for National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 16th of October, 2021 At 5:34 a.m. EDT, NASA’s Lucy spacecraft was launched into orbit, beginning a 12-year mission to assist scientists better grasp how the solar system came to be. The spacecraft was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida by an Atlas V rocket.
Lucy was able to deploy its solar panels two hours after launch, according to Space, and “successfully contacted home.”
The spacecraft is named after the 3.2 million-year-old skeleton remains of a human progenitor discovered in Ethiopia over a half-century ago, according to a KSAT report.
Lucy and ‘Little Foot’ co-existed, and a fossil discovery in South Africa suggests a Beatles link.
“That finding earned its name from the 1967 Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” according to the KSAT story, prompting NASA to launch the spacecraft with band members’ lyrics and other luminaries’ words of wisdom etched on a plaque.”
Lucy is actually wearing a disc made of lab-grown diamonds.
Ringo Starr, a member of the Beatles, taped a message for NASA about his band’s link to the spaceship.
“I’m ecstatic – Lucy is returning to the heavens with diamonds.” According to the KSAT investigation, Starr added in the video, “Johnny would enjoy that.” The late John Lennon is the “Johnny” the Beatles drummer is alluding to. News from Brinkwire in a nutshell.