NASA Lucy Mission's Saturday Launch: Facts That You Might Not Know About the Space Activity
(Photo : Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via Getty Images) The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A on February 15, 2020 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wattsville, Virginia. Northrop Grumman's 13th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station will deliver more than 7,500 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.
NASA Lucy Mission's Saturday Launch: Facts That You Might Not Know About the Space Activity
(Photo : Photo by Saul Martinez/Getty Images) The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches into space with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (R) and Doug Hurley aboard the rocket from the Kennedy Space Center on May 30, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The inaugural flight is the first manned mission since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 to be launched into space from the United States.

NASA's Lucy Mission is about to happen this Saturday, Oct. 16. Specifically, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration new space launch is expected to blast off exactly at 9:34 a.m. UTC or 5:34 a.m. ET. 

NASA Lucy Mission's Saturday Launch: Facts That You Might Not Know About the Space Activity
(Photo : Photo by Saul Martinez/Getty Images)
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches into space with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (R) and Doug Hurley aboard the rocket from the Kennedy Space Center on May 30, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The inaugural flight is the first manned mission since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 to be launched into space from the United States.

It would be conducted from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. On the other hand, NASA already delivered an Atlas V rocket, which carries the 1.5-ton spacecraft, to the launch pad on Oct. 14. 

Those who want to view the upcoming Lucy Mission can watch it through the official NASA TV. The space activity specifically costs $981 million. 

This massive budget is needed to enhance the space mission since it would fly an extremely complex trajectory. What makes this amazing is that NASA's Lucy Mission would do this for around 12 years. 

NASA Lucy Mission To Venture Trojan Asteroids

According to Ars Technica's latest report, the new NASA Lucy Mission would venture into the Trojan asteroids. Astronomers expect that this activity's gathered information could help them know more about the solar system's building blocks. 

NASA Lucy Mission's Saturday Launch: Facts That You Might Not Know About the Space Activity

(Photo : Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via Getty Images)
The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A on February 15, 2020 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wattsville, Virginia. Northrop Grumman's 13th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station will deliver more than 7,500 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.

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On the other hand, various space scientists also claimed that the new mission would better understand how planets within the solar system formed.  

"When we look at nature, whether it's looking at deep space or at these small objects, each one of these tells us a chapter of the story that we're all a part of," said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's science chief.  

Facts About NASA Lucy Mission You Might Not Know

Gizmodo provided some of the facts that people might not know about the upcoming NASA Lucy Mission. These include the following: 

  • NASA Lucy is named after a fossil, which helped scientists know how humans evolved. 
  • NASA would not actually visit Jupiter. The area that Lucy would be venturing is only called "Jupiter Trojan asteroids" since they are located in front of the Gas Giant. 
  • NASA Lucy is expected to visit more areas of the solar system compared to the previous space launches. 
  • For space fans, you could expect HD photos from NASA Lucy since it is using LOng Range Reconnaissance Imager (L'LORRI). 

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