The Lucy Mission: Piecing Together the History of the Solar System

A 12-year mission to study the Asteroids surrounding Jupiter could reveal archaeological insights about the outer planets.

The Lucy spacecraft passing one of the Trojan Asteroids near Jupiter. Artist illustration courtesy Southwest Research Institute / NASA.

A Long Mission Lifespan

During its prime mission, Lucy will venture nearly 4 billion miles. Artist illustration courtesy: Southwest Research Institute/NASA

A Window of Opportunity

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) payload fairing secured around NASA’s Lucy spacecraft on Sept. 30, 2021. Photo courtesy NASA

Uncovering the Unknown

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