NASA's Lucy Spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, commences journey to Jupiter's Trojan Asteroids

October 17, 2021 Photo(s): By Lockheed Martin
NASA's Lucy spacecraft launched this morning aboard an Atlas V rocket starting it 12-year mission to the Trojan asteroids.

Humankind is one step closer to unlocking new knowledge about the formation of our solar system, due to a spacecraft named 'Lucy' built by Lockheed Martin which was launched successfully by NASA on October 16, 2021. The spacecraft was designed, built and tested in Lockheed Martin's Littleton facility, using transformative technology. The company's mission operations team is now in communications with the spacecraft and will operate it through the end of its mission. Lucy will be the farthest solar-powered mission from the Sun and will visit a record-breaking number of asteroids all in the name of studying them for clues about our own origins. Lucy's 4-billion-mile odyssey through the solar system will last 12 years and fly by eight objects: one Main Belt asteroid and seven Trojan asteroids that lead and trail Jupiter in its orbit.