Lucy – First to the Trojan Asteroids

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched NASA’s Lucy spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 5:34 a.m. on 16 October 2021. Over its 12-year primary mission, Lucy will explore a record-breaking number of asteroids, flying by one main belt asteroid and seven Trojan asteroids. Additionally, Lucy will have three Earth flybys for gravity assists, making it the first spacecraft ever to return to the vicinity of Earth from the outer Solar System.

The Atlas V rocket seemingly arcs over the Big Dipper as it streaks into space with the Lucy spacecraft as seen in this time exposure.

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