The Lucy Asteroid Mission is About to Launch — Here’s How to Follow It.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is gearing up for the launch of Lucy, a 12-year mission.
The Lucy spacecraft is scheduled to launch from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on October 16.
The Lucy mission will aid scientists in their understanding of how the solar system came to be through the Trojan asteroids. The mission will be focused on the Trojan asteroids that orbit Jupiter before or after it.
Despite its October 16 launch, the Lucy mission will not conduct its first Trojan asteroid flyby until August 2027. The final flyby is slated for March 20, 2033.
NASA’s Lucy Mission Is Getting Ready To Take Off
The Lucy asteroid mission will launch on October 16 at 5:34 a.m. EDT, according to NASA. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will carry the spacecraft into orbit. The launch will take place at the Space Force Station at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
According to a Space article, delaying the launch of the spacecraft to the next day is not ideal. According to the article, “the spacecraft’s Sunday (Oct. 17) opportunity offers only a 50% likelihood of cooperative weather as lofty cumulus clouds and rain showers threaten.”
Should the October 16 launch date be canceled, October 18 would be a slightly better option since it “offers 60% odds of suitable weather for launch due to persisting showers and winds.”
The Lucy spacecraft will make two flybys of our planet after being launched into space in order to fine-tune its course.
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What Exactly Is Lucy’s Mission?
According to the Space article, the Lucy mission is a 12-year expedition that will research asteroids that “orbit ahead of or behind Jupiter.” The mission’s goal is to assist scientists in better understanding how the solar system came to be.
Eight asteroids will be the focus of the trip. The vast majority of them are Trojan asteroids, which are defined as asteroids “stuck in gravitationally stable areas of a planet’s orbit.” Lucy will travel by an asteroid for the first time in April 2025. The spacecraft will pass past the Donaldjohanson, a main-belt asteroid. The first Trojan asteroid flyby is scheduled for August 2027, with the last one scheduled for March 2033.
Where Can I Watch the Launch?
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