Lucy Earth Gravity Assist One: Animations
NASA’s Lucy mission is heading to the Jupiter Trojans – two swarms of primitive asteroids trapped in Jupiter’s orbit that may hold clues to the formation of the planets. Lucy launched on October 16, 2021, spent a year in orbit around the Sun, and returned home on its launch anniversary for the first of three Earth gravity assists. The maneuver boosted Lucy’s speed and elongated its orbit around the Sun, setting it track for a second flyby of Earth in December 2024. This page provides artist concept animations depicting Lucy’s first Earth gravity assist.
Lucy approaches the Earth and the Moon prior to its flyby.
Lucy fires its thrusters to avoid colliding with an Earth-orbiting satellite.
Lucy approaches Western Australia, coming within 220 miles of Earth’s surface.
Lucy crosses over Queensland, Australia, and heads toward the Pacific Ocean.
After completing its first gravity assist, Lucy bids farewell to the Earth and the Moon.
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