In a first, NASA has launched a mission aimed at studying Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
Termed as NASA’s Lucy mission, this mission was launched Saturday on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
Trojan asteroid are the two large clusters of space rocks. Scientists believe these are the remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system’s outer planets.
Lucy will also be there for the next 12 years. It will fly by one main-belt asteroid and seven Trojan asteroids. This will be NASA‘s first single spacecraft mission in history to explore so many different asteroids.
Moreover, the Lucy mission will be investigating these fossils of planetary formation up close during its journey.
These are the largest known Trojan asteroids; have been named for the warriors in the Greek mythology.
Furthermore, scientists also hope that Lucy’s close-up fly-by of seven Trojans will help beget fresh insights as to how the solar system’s planets came into being, some 4.5 billion years ago.
These asteroids are also believed to be rich in carbon compounds. Lucy is the 13th mission in NASA’s Discovery Program.
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