Planets and Moons  ID: 13948

Designing Lucy’s Path to the Trojan Asteroids

Lucy is the first mission to explore the Jupiter Trojans – two swarms of asteroids that share Jupiter’s orbit, leading and trailing the giant planet by sixty degrees. These primitive bodies are thought to be the “fossils” of planet formation, trapped by Jupiter’s gravity at the dawn of the solar system. Now, NASA is sending Lucy on a winding, twelve-year-long path to visit one main-belt asteroid and seven Jupiter Trojans. Lucy will provide the first up-close look at these mysterious objects, helping scientists to better understand the evolution of the solar system.

Learn more about Lucy’s path to eight asteroids.

Asteroid Ryugu imagery provided by: JAXA Hayabusa 2


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Southwest Research Institute


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Lead Visualizer:
Kel Elkins (USRA)

Ned Barbee (Lockheed Martin)

Cathy Olkin (SwRI)
Brian Sutter (Lockheed Martin)

Lauren Duda (Lockheed Martin)

Chris Tucker (Lockheed Martin)
Adam Mattivi (Lockheed Martin)
John Caldwell (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.)

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Jonathan North (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)

Walt Feimer (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)
Michael Lentz (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)
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Wade Sisler (NASA/GSFC)
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Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center