NASA is set to launch a spacecraft next month on the agency’s first mission to a group of asteroids near Jupiter.
The Lucy space probe is scheduled to lift off on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Oct. 16. The 12-year mission is designed to give scientists an up-close view of the so-called Trojan asteroids that share their orbit around the sun with the largest planet in the solar system.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been circling Jupiter since 2016 but this will be the agency’s first expedition to study two swarms of space rocks at the gas giant — one group that orbits the sun ahead of Jupiter and another that trails behind the planet.
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