Today, October 16, NASA will send a spacecraft to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.

Lucy’s mission will last 12 years. During this time, the probe will study Trojan asteroids and try to draw up a detailed picture of the first days of the existence of the solar system.

The launch will take place at the SLC-41 site, a complex located in Florida.

The mission will be launched using the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch weight of the Lucy spacecraft is 1500 kg. It also has solar panels.

Lucy is the first mission in the history of space exploration to study the number of Trojan asteroids orbiting the Sun with Jupiter.

The mission explores two large groups of asteroids, called the Achaean and Trojan camp. As of February 2020, there were up to 6100 asteroids in them.

Based on the results of Lucy’s work, astronomers want to understand whether these asteroids were the remains of planets and, if so, which ones. And also what substances they are made of.