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Rocket Launch: NET October 16, 2021 TBA | ULA Atlas V Lucy Mission

Oct 16, 2021 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SLC-41 ULA Atlas V Lucy Mission

MISSION

For the first time, NASA will be exploring the Trojan asteroids. These asteroids orbit the Sun in two groups along Jupiter’s orbit path and are the leftover building blocks of our solar system’s outer planets. Studying these asteroids will provide a unique look into the planetary origins of our solar system. Lucy will launch from Cape Canaveral and uses boosts from Earth’s gravity to undergo a 12-year journey to eight different asteroids. This path will include a Main Belt asteroid and seven Trojan asteroids. No other mission in history has been launched to as many different destination's independent orbits around our sub.


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his illustration shows the Lucy spacecraft passing one of the Trojan Asteroids near Jupiter.

Rocket Launch: NET October 16, 2021 TBA | ULA Atlas V Lucy Mission


LUCY'S PATH

This diagram shows the path the Lucy spacecraft will take on its journey to study the Trojan asteroids.

Learn more about the mission and path of the Lucy spacecraft.

Credits: Southwest Research Institute