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Lucy (Discovery 13)

Lucy [NASA]

Lucy, a robotic spacecraft, is scheduled to launch in October 2021. Itís slated to arrive at its first destination, a main belt asteroid, in 2025. From 2027 to 2033, Lucy will explore six Jupiter Trojan asteroids. These asteroids are trapped by Jupiterís gravity in two swarms that share the planetís orbit, one leading and one trailing Jupiter in its 12-year circuit around the sun. The Trojans are thought to be relics of a much earlier era in the history of the solar system, and may have formed far beyond Jupiterís current orbit.

Lucy is scheduled to launch in October 2021. Itís slated to arrive at its first destination, a main belt asteroid, in 2025. From 2027 to 2033, Lucy will explore six Jupiter Trojan asteroids. These asteroids are trapped by Jupiterís gravity in two swarms that share the planetís orbit, one leading and one trailing Jupiter in its 12-year circuit around the sun. The Trojans are thought to be relics of a much earlier era in the history of the solar system, and may have formed far beyond Jupiterís current orbit.

Lucy will build on the success of NASAís New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, using newer versions of the RALPH and LORRI science instruments that helped enable the missionís achievements. Several members of the Lucy mission team also are veterans of the New Horizons mission. Lucy also will build on the success of the OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid Bennu, with the OTES instrument and several members of the OSIRIS-REx team.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Multiple asteroid fly-by
Operator: NASA
Contractors: Lockheed Martin
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Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
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Orbit: Heliocentric
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Lucy (Discovery 13) - 2021