Oct 16, 2022

NASA’s asteroid scout zips past Earth today on 1st launch anniversary

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A deep-space mission is celebrating the first anniversary of its launch from Earth by zipping closer to the planet than the International Space Station’s orbit.

NASA’s Lucy mission launched on Oct. 16, 2021, bound on a 12-year journey to explore the Trojan asteroids, which no spacecraft has ever visited. These asteroids are found at the same distance from the sun as Jupiter, with one phalanx orbiting ahead of the planet and one behind it. All told, Lucy will whiz past nine different asteroids.

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