NOW: Three Russian space travelers say farewell to the @Space_Station crew ahead of their journey home to Earth aboard a Soyuz spacecraft: nasa.gov/live
• 9pm ET (01:00 UTC) Spacecraft undocking
• 11:15pm ET (03:15 UTC) Deorbit burn and landing
💫 Lucy’s got some exploring to do.
At 5:34am ET (9:34 UTC) on Oct. 16, our #LucyMission lifted off aboard a @ulalaunch Atlas V rocket. Now begins a 12-year journey to visit more asteroids than any other mission: go.nasa.gov/2Xh2hys
@dccampfin@NASAKennedy Yes! Lucy will perform two gravity assists to help get the spacecraft out to the Trojan asteroids in the Lagrange point 4 swarm. A final gravity assist will send Lucy on course to its culminating Trojan encounters in the Lagrange point 5 swarm.
The #LucyMission spacecraft has successfully deployed its solar panels, and now its epic journey to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids is officially underway.
Fair winds and following seas, Lucy.
As the #LucyMission carries her own time capsule to the Trojan asteroids over the next 12 years, we encourage you to put together a time capsule of your own with messages to yourself & tokens from the current era. Share it w/ the hashtag #LucyTimeCapsule: go.nasa.gov/3aJyhyq
"To be out here this morning is absolutely mind-expanding... to see what the creativity of the human mind can do."
Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson, who found the fossil for which the #LucyMission is named, reflects on launch & the origin of the name: go.nasa.gov/3j3EYQo
"Remember you are this universe, this universe is you."
One day in our distant future, anyone who finds the #LucyMission will find a plaque containing poems honoring humanity's exploration of the cosmos. lucy.swri.edu/LucyPlaque.html
We have indication of #LucyMission@ulalaunch#AtlasV Booster Engine Cutoff (BECO), Core Booster Separation, Centaur First Main Engine Start (MES1) and Payload Fairing Jettison! This will be an ~ 9 minute burn.
@BenMofero5@NASAKennedy Yes! Lucy has 3 different cameras on board: a color camera, a black & white camera, & a terminal tracking camera for wide-field images. Check out how these cameras & Lucy's other instruments will work together to help us investigate the Trojan asteroids: youtu.be/qLtgrQvcQOA
"It's really important to understand solar system formation to understand where we came from."
#LucyMission Deputy Principal Investigator Cathy Olkin elaborates on the significance of studying the Trojan Asteroids:
"We're starting a decade of asteroid science."
In addition to the #LucyMission launching today, Head of Science @Dr_ThomasZ expresses excitement for the upcoming return of the @OSIRISREx samples and the asteroid deflection tech demonstration, DART, happening later this year:
🌔 #ObserveTheMoon is coming soon!
Oct. 16 is International Observe the Moon Night, a global celebration of lunar observation, science, and exploration. Join us on social media at 7:30pm ET (23:30 UTC) for our live NASA TV broadcast! moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-mo…
In celebration of #NDEAM, meet Dana Bolles, who has been part of the NASA family for 26+ years. In addition to working as a science communicator, she’s an ambassador for a program designed to advance disability inclusion in space exploration: go.nasa.gov/3DHIzeX