Lucy Mission: Time Capsule And The Exploration Of Solar System

NASA announced on 26 September that Lucy Mission is set to space for exploration of time capsules. The time of the birth of the Solar system was about 4 billion years ago. 

Lucy spacecraft approach the study of Trojan Asteroid. It will launch in October 2021. This is NASA’s first mission to Trojans. Lucy will complete a journey of 12 years to eight different planets. 

Lucy And The Concept Of Time Capsules 

The Time-Capsules are about to contain messages of life time orbiting the Lucy spacecraft. This will include the concept of times millions of years ago or the time coming after millions of years. 

NASA choose the time capsule after the success on Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. This was to provide messages to the alien spacefarers. Now on the basis of this Lucy will take time capsule as a plaque. It will be featuring messages to the next generations. 

The time capsule set to the day when  Lucy spacecraft take off the launch on 16 October 2021. 

Also read: Astroscale’s ADRAS-J Mission: Rocket Lab to Launch

Lucy & The Concept Of Orbiting Trojan Asteroid 

The Lucy mission is with the concept of Trojan Asteroid and the formation of the solar system. The Trojans orbiting the sun and Jupiter. Although there are two different loops.

These loops are directed towards the Jupiter planet and placed at two equidistant points from the Sun. Moreover the Trojans are stabilized with Sun and Jupiter through a strong balancing force.

These systems in a solar system would be the research components about origin and birth or the solar system. However it also aims to find the origins of organic materials ever existing in Space.  

About The Lucy Mission 

The name of mission Lucy is from the fossilized human ancestors. The discoverers called them “Lucy”. Similarly Lucy mission pertains to the evolution and exploration of Space and the Solar system. 

Lucy will have two close Earth flybys before orbiting the Trojans. By 2027-2028, Lucy will take L4 cloud fly. It will carry Eurybates (3548) satellite, Polymele satellite (15094), Leucus (11351), and Oorus (21900).

Afterwards Lucy will take L5 cloud fly orbiting other sets of satellites. The (617) Patroclus-Menoetius in 2033. Thus the Lucy will remain orbiting between these two Trojan clouds every six years. The mission aims to be in a continuous orbit for future developments. 

Future Aims Of Lucy Mission 

NASA has taken steps in the Lucy mission to arrive at higher ends in the exploration. As Lucy after finishing its orbital period in 2033 along asteroids, it will then remain orbiting hundreds of thousands years.

It will create a remarkable footprint for the descendants to find Lucy revolving in space. For this purpose NASA thought to put a time capsule aboard the Lucy spacecraft in the form of a plaque. 

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