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“Incredible milestone”: NASA successfully launches space mission to explore Jupiter’s distant Trojan asteroids (video)

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16 October 2021 19:13 GMT

Over the next 12 years, Lucy is set to fly alongside a major belt asteroid and seven Trojan meteorites, the company’s first mission to explore multiple meteorites.

NASA successfully launched space mission this Saturday Lucy, For the next 12 years, will study Jupiter’s distant Trojan asteroids, with the aim of shedding light on the origin of the solar system. Release Published on their website.

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket launched spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (Florida, USA).

In search of mysteries

It is planned throughout The next 12 years Lucy flies alongside a major belt asteroid and seven Trojan asteroids, the company’s first mission to explore various asteroids.

Lucy covers NASA’s enduring quest to enter the universe for research and science. A better understanding of the universe NASA Director Bill Nelson explained. “I can’t wait to find out what mysteries this work reveals!”

The text states that this work will allow scientists to explore two clusters of Trojan asteroids that share the orbit around the Sun with Jupiter. They are believed to be remnants of the substance that created the giant planets. Studying them can provide previously unknown information about the formation and evolution of our solar system.

“Diamonds in the Sky”

“It will take us many more years to reach the first Trojan meteorite, but these objects are worth the wait and all the effort because of their immense scientific value. They are like diamonds in the sky,” said Hall Lewison, Lucy’s chief researcher.

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The spacecraft, already traveling approximately At 108,000 kilometers In its orbit around the Sun, it will be brought to Earth in October 2022 for reconsideration Reached the asteroid Donald Johansson in 2025. Two years later, it is planned to launch a Trojan asteroid from Jupiter for the first time.

“Today we celebrate this incredible milestone and look forward to the new discoveries that Lucy will make,” said Donia Douglas-Bradshaw, Lucy’s Project Leader at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

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