- Jonathan Amos
- Science Reporter
A spacecraft was sent from Cape Canaveral to explore the fossil record in the solar system.
Lucy is a spacecraft orbiting Jupiter (Jupiter-Jupiter) to study clusters of two asteroids. One of them is in front of Jupiter in the orbit of the campus. The other is in the back.
NASA scientists say the study of these asteroids could help understand the effects of the first phase of solar system formation.
The Lucy spacecraft was launched from the Cape Canaveral in Florida at 9.45am on Saturday on an Atlas-5 rocket.
NASA initially decided to spend $ 98.1 billion (approximately Rs. 7,360 crore) on the mission over a twelve-year period.
There is a human fossil in Africa called Lucy. It was this fossil that helped us learn more about the existence of the human race.
Due to its inspiration, NASA carries out this mission under the same name.
“Trojan meteorites orbit Jupiter at 60 degrees,” said Hall Lewison of the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado. He was the leading researcher on the Lucy spacecraft.
“Under the influence of the gravitational pull of Jupiter and the Sun, these asteroids are constantly orbiting in that orbit. If any object falls there in the early days of the solar system, it will always be stable. So these fragments are fossils of what the planets are made of,” said Hall Louison.
Lucy explores many factors such as the shape, texture, surface conditions and composition of the materials that make up their pieces that are the size of the city or larger.
Jupiter is examining whether these fragments are derived from objects found on satellites.
“For example, if they were made of the same materials as we call the Khyber belt, we would assume that they are made of the Khyber belt and then rotate,” said Dr. Carly Howet, a Southwest Mission scientist. Research Institute.
Carly said the task was the result of some unusual navigation calculations.
Lucy will travel a total of 600 million kilometers. It will explore the Trojan complex in 2027/28. Jupiter will then reach the clusters of pieces on the other side in 2033.
When and where did Lucy go
The group ahead of Jupiter in orbit:
* Eurobates, Queta (Natural Satellite) – August 2027
* Polymel – September 2027
Lucas – April 2028
* Oras – November 2028
The group behind Jupiter in orbit:
* Petroclus, Menosius – March 2033
Key Belt Asteroids:
* Donald Johnson – April 2025