NASA’s Lucy mission adds 9th asteroid to its list of attractions

NASA’s Lucy probe has gained a ninth asteroid destination for its 12-year mission.

Lucy launched in October 2021 and is bound for the Trojan asteroids, which, thanks to the pull of Jupiter’s immense gravity, ride in the gas giant’s orbit ahead of and behind the behemoth. In 2027, Lucy will become the first human-made object to fly past one of these asteroids.

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