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October 16, 2021

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Space.com

NASA launches robotic archaeologist Lucy on ambitious mission to Trojan asteroids

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s newest asteroid probe, named Lucy, blasted off from Kennedy Space Center here in Florida to embark on a 12-year mission to study two different clusters of asteroids around Jupiter known as Trojans.

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Spaceflight Now

NASA asteroid explorer leaves planet Earth on Atlas 5 rocket

The mission takes advantage of a unique alignment between Earth and the Trojan asteroids, groups of objects leading and trailing Jupiter in its orbit around the sun. The trajectory will take the Lucy spacecraft near eight asteroids from 2025 until 2033, …

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Spaceflight Now

NASA’s Lucy mission will be the first to explore a population of ancient asteroids

NASA is ready to launch a $981 million mission to the distant reaches of the solar system Saturday, kicking off a 12-year expedition to visit a group of unexplored asteroids that may offer clues to help scientists decipher how the planets formed more than …

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Spaceflight Now

Lucy asteroid probe to set a new distance record for solar-powered spacecraft

About an hour after launch Saturday, NASA’s Lucy spacecraft will start the delicate process of opening its circular, fan-shaped solar arrays — the largest ever on a deep space probe — to power the asteroid explorer’s 12-year journey into the outer solar …

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CNN

NASA’s Lucy mission is ready to launch and explore never-before-seen asteroids

(CNN) The first NASA mission to fly by a total of eight ancient asteroids is ready for launch. Weather conditions are greater than 90% favorable on the morning of October 16, when the Lucy mission is set to leave Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at …

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Space.com

Russian film crew returns to Earth from space station today. Here’s how to watch online.

A Russian cosmonaut, actress and producer-director will all return to our planet Sunday (Oct. 17).

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The New York Times

Surprise Russian Thruster Firing Prompts Space Station Emergency

The incident occurred on Friday morning as the Russian astronaut Oleg Novitsky was performing a test of the engines aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, a crew module that has been docked to the station since April. The spacecraft is scheduled to return …

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CNET

How to watch NASA’s Lucy mission launch to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

NASA is no stranger to the solar system’s most mammoth planet, the gas giant Jupiter. Robotic explorers, like Juno, have gazed upon its Great Red Spot and analyzed its atmosphere. But in its planetary neighbourhood lies a collection of ancient rocks known …

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ABC News

Massive asteroids will whiz past Earth in coming weeks, including 1 nearly size of Empire State Building

On Friday, Asteroid 2021 SM3, which has a diameter of up to 525 feet — bigger than the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt — was projected to zoom by around 3.5 million miles away from Earth, USA Today first reported based off CNEOS data.

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Space.com

International Observe the Moon Night 2021: Don’t miss these live moon webcasts tonight.

The moon will star in a pair of live webcasts tonight as NASA and lunar enthusiasts around the world celebrate International Observe the Moon 2021 and you can watch it all for free. NASA is hosting an hour-long event starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 …

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