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NASA’s Lucy Surprises Again, Observes 1st-ever Contact Binary Orbiting Asteroid

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NASA's Lucy Spacecraft took images of asteroid Dinkinesh, discovering that the asteroid has the first-ever contact binary pair orbiting the…

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Data From NASA’s WISE Used to Preview Lucy Mission’s Asteroid Dinkinesh

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Researchers have utilized infrared survey data to refine the asteroid’s size and surface brightness in support of the Nov. 1…

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NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft Preparing for its First Asteroid Flyby

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NASA’s Lucy spacecraft is preparing for its first close-up look at an asteroid. On Nov. 1, it will fly by…

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NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft Continues Approach to Asteroid Dinkinesh

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Since NASA’s Lucy spacecraft first imaged the asteroid Dinkinesh on Sept. 3, 2023, Lucy has traveled over 33 million miles…

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NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft Captures its 1st Images of Asteroid Dinkinesh

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NASA’s Lucy spacecraft captured its first images with a view of the main belt asteroid Dinkinesh, the first of 10…

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NASA’s Lucy Asteroid Target Gets a Name

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The first asteroid to be visited by NASA’s Lucy mission now has a name. The International Astronomical Union has approved…

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NASA’s Lucy Team Announces New Asteroid Target

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NASA’s Lucy spacecraft will add another asteroid encounter to its 4-billion-mile journey. On Nov. 1, 2023, Lucy will get a…

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NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft Prepares to Swing by Earth

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On Oct. 16, at 7:04 a.m. EDT, NASA’s Lucy spacecraft, the first mission to the Jupiter Trojan asteroids, will skim…

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NASA’s Lucy to Fly Past Thousands of Objects for Earth Gravity Assist

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Mission engineers will track NASA’s Lucy spacecraft nonstop as it prepares to swoop near Earth on Oct. 16 to use…

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NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft Completes Asteroid Flyby

The Lucy operations team has confirmed that NASA’s Lucy spacecraft has phoned home after its encounter with the small main belt asteroid, Dinkinesh. 

A graphic illustrating the expected motion of the NASA Lucy spacecraft and its instrument pointing platform (IPP) during the encounter with asteroid Dinkinesh. The yellow, blue, and grey arrows indicate the directions of the Sun, Earth, and Dinkinesh, respectively. The red arrow indicates motion of the spacecraft- to the right on the graphic.

NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft Hours Away from 1st Asteroid Encounter

We are only a few hours away from the NASA Lucy spacecraft’s first close up look at the small inner-main belt asteroid, Dinkinesh. Dinkinesh is 10 to 100 times smaller than the Jupiter Trojan asteroids that are the mission’s main targets.

artist conception of Lucy spacecraft flying by asteroid Dinkinesh

NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft Ready for 1st Asteroid Encounter

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft is on track for its first asteroid encounter on Nov. 1. Lucy’s optical navigation team has confirmed that the latest trajectory correction maneuver on Sept 29 accurately set the spacecraft on course for its flyby of the small main belt asteroid Dinkinesh.