NASA's Lucy mission to explore 'time capsules' from the birth of our Solar System

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NASA plans to launch the first spacecraft ever to study Jupiter's Trojan clusters, a group of asteroids that share Jupiter's orbit around the Sun. NASA engineers recently got the greenlight to assemble and test the spacecraft, the space agency announced in a press release on August 28.

Because Jupiter's Trojans are believed to be the remnants of what formed the planets, scientists hope they will yield clues about the formation of our Solar System. In its press release NASA called them "time capsules from the birth of our Solar System."

Jupiter's Trojans only reflect four or five percent of the light that hits them, which means dark carbon compounds may exist on their surfaces. If so, it would indicate that organic compounds, the building blocks for life, were common throughout the early Solar System.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of NASA's Lucy mission leaving Earth
2. Lucy mission to study asteroid (52246) Donaldjohanson
3. The six Trojan asteroids to be studied by Lucy
4. Map of Trojan clusters orbiting close to Jupiter's Lagrange points
5. Map of Lucy mission's orbital path
6. Depiction of Lucy studying the binary pair of Trojans Patroclus and Menoetius

VOICEOVER (in English):

"NASA plans to launch the first spacecraft ever to study Jupiter's Trojan clusters, a group of asteroids that share Jupiter's orbit around the Sun. NASA engineers recently got the greenlight to assemble and test the spacecraft, the space agency announced in a press release on August 28."

"Lucy, named after the world's most famous human ancestor skeleton, will first visit (52246) Donaldjohanson, an asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The asteroid is named after the discoverer of the Lucy fossil."

"Lucy will then head to its main destination: six asteroids in Jupiter's Trojan clusters. Because these asteroids are believed to be the remnants of what formed the planets, scientists hope they will yield clues about the formation of our Solar System."

"The Lucy mission is set to launch in October 2021 and will pass Earth twice for 'gravity assists.' After touring Donaldjohanson in April of 2025, Lucy will explore four Trojans in the leading swarm in 2027 and 2028. Lucy is then expected to explore the binary pair Patroclus-Menoetius in the cloud of Trojans that trail Jupiter in March of 2033."

"Jupiter's Trojans only reflect four or five percent of the light that hits them, which means dark carbon compounds may exist on their surfaces. Quoted in the press release, NASA Senior Scientist Amy Simon said if so, it would indicate that organic compounds, the building blocks for life, were common throughout the early Solar System."

SOURCES: NASA
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/lucy-milestone-kdp-d/
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasas-lucy-in-the-sky-with-asteroids/
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasas-lucy-in-the-sky-with-asteroids/