Lucy Mission Overview: Journey to Explore the Trojan Asteroids

  • Released Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Updated Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:46AM
  • ID: 13482

An overview of the Lucy Mission and its targets, the Trojan Asteroids. This overview features interviews with Hal Levison (Principal Investigator) and Cathy Olkin (Deputy Principal Investigator) from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Music is "Life Choices" by Universal Production Music.

Launching in late 2021, Lucy will be the first space mission to explore the Trojan asteroids. These are a population of small bodies that are left over from the formation of the Solar System. They lead or follow Jupiter in their orbit around the Sun, and may tell us about the origins of organic materials on Earth.

Lucy will fly by and carry out remote sensing on six different Trojan asteroids and will study surface geology, surface color and composition, asteroid interiors/bulk properties, and will look at the satellites and rings of the Trojans.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


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