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Lucy Finds Its Place in the Solar System: Navigating NASA’s First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids

20 Dec 2018, 18:00 UTC
Lucy Finds Its Place in the Solar System: Navigating NASA’s First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids Southwest Research Institute

In science fiction, explorers can hop in futuristic spaceships and traverse half the galaxy in the blink of a plot hole. However, this sidelines the navigational acrobatics required in order to guarantee real-life mission success.

In 2021, the feat of navigation that is the Lucy mission will launch. To steer Lucy towards its targets doesn’t simply involve programming a map into a spacecraft and giving it gas money – it will fly by six asteroid targets, each in different orbits, over the course of 12 years.

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