NASA launches mission to study eight distinct Trojan asteroids in Cosmos

The space mission named Lucy has embarked on a twelve year long mission

Nasa’s first single spacecraft mission to explore so many different asteroids was launched on Saturday. It will study about the evolution of the Solar system and will fly by a total of eight ancient asteroids.

 

The space mission named Lucy has embarked on a twelve year long mission. It was launched on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket at 5:34 am local time from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

 

Nasa Administrator Bill Nelson said, "Lucy embodies Nasa’s enduring quest to push out into the cosmos for the sake of exploration and science, to better understand the universe and our place within it.”

 

The name Lucy was given after an ancient fossil of a pre-human ancestor. It will become the first solar-powered spacecraft to travel so far from the sun.

 

“Studying them can reveal previously unknown information about their formation and our solar system’s evolution in the same way the fossilized skeleton of Lucy revolutionized our understanding of human evolution,” Nasa said.

 

Its first encounter will be in 2025 with the asteroid known as Donaldjohanson, in the Main Belt, between Mars and Jupiter.

 

As per information, between the year 2027 and 2033, Lucy will encounter seven Trojan asteroids.

 

It will do three Earth flybys for gravity assists which will make the first spacecraft to return to Earth's vicinity from the outer solar system.

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