TITUSVILLE, Fla. — NASA is scheduled to launch its new asteroid exploring spacecraft, Lucy, into space Saturday morning.
After the launch, Lucy will set out on its path to become the first spacecraft ever to visit Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
During its 12-year primary mission, Lucy is set to explore a record-breaking number of asteroids, flying by one asteroid in the solar system’s main belt and seven Trojan asteroids.
According to NASA, Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids are made of leftover materials from the formations of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. NASA. They orbit around Jupiter, which revolves around it.
NASA claims that the spacecraft Lockheed Martin Space will travel approximately 4 billion miles. This includes three and a-half giant loops around our sun.
Its path will circle back to Earth three times for gravity assists, which NASA says will make it the first spacecraft ever to return to our planet’s vicinity from the outer solar system.
Lucy will launch at 5:34 a.m. ET on Saturday Oct. 16 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket, which is launched from a Cape Canaveral Space Force Station facility in Florida.