If you’re also one of those who have seen the 1998 sci-fi blockbuster ‘Armageddon’ with Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck among the main roles, it means that you have some awesome tastes when it comes to movies. But it also means that you might have an idea about what’s coming up when it comes to NASA’s plans for the near future.
The Lucy space probe was launched back in 2021 toward eight different asteroids. The mission implies the exploration of the space rocks for a period of 12 years, and thankfully, we now have some images of four of those asteroids.
Lucy will fly by asteroids in 2027 and 2028
NASA has revealed new footage of some of the target asteroids through a tweet. Lucy still has a huge portion of space left to travel until it reaches those space rocks, and it will fly by them in a few years from now.
.@NASA's Lucy mission has caught views of four of the asteroids it will visit!
The asteroids are still more than 330 million miles away. The spacecraft will fly by these asteroids in 2027 and 2028.
Learn more HERE>> https://t.co/mibJFCan5q pic.twitter.com/7vqZmmVhRI
— NASA Marshall (@NASA_Marshall) April 13, 2023
In a statement, NASA wrote:
Some of the asteroids NASA’s Lucy mission will visit are still more than 330 million miles (530 million kilometers) away from the spacecraft, which is more than three times the average distance between Earth and the Sun. But despite the great distance and the comparatively small sizes of these asteroids, Lucy caught views of four of them recently.
Lucy took advantage of L’LORRI, its highest resolution imager, in order to make possible the capture of the four asteroids in question. We’re talking about Jupiter Trojan asteroids, to be more precise, and their designations are Polymele, Eurybates, Leucus, and Orus. Once the future mission completes, it will mark the first time astronomers have ever studied the Trojan asteroids. By definition, Trojan asteroids are those space rocks that share the same orbital path as a planet around the Sun.
NASA’s Lucy mission costs were about $560 million back in 2021, and there’s no wonder why. The spacecraft can reach a distance through space of 150,000 km/h.