Launching Lucy, NASA's First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids

On Oct. 16, 2021, NASA’s Lucy spacecraft will begin its journey to visit a record-breaking number of asteroids trapped in Jupiter’s orbit around the Sun. The 12-year mission starts from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center where it’ll launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. From there, Lucy will become the first spacecraft to study eight of Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, swarms of ancient space rocks that are remnants of the early solar system. Like the mission’s namesake – the fossilized human ancestor, “Lucy,” whose skeleton provided unique insight into humanity’s evolution – Lucy will revolutionize our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of the solar system. Lucy’s first launch attempt in its 21-day launch window is scheduled for 5:34 a.m. EDT on Oct. 16. Launch coverage starts at 5 a.m. EDT on NASA TV, the NASA app, and @NASA social media. Be a part of Lucy’s historic launch day by using the hashtag #LucyMission! All about Lucy: www.nasa.gov/lucy

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Launching Lucy, NASA’s First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids

Updated: October 8, 2021 — 10:26 am