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October 17, 2021

Lucy Visiting The Trojans

Yesterday NASA launched Lucy, a robotic explorer that will travel to the Trojans, arriving in 2027. This gives you about five years to refresh your knowledge of Lagrange points (every pair of bodies orbiting each other has five of them) and Trojans (two of the Lagrange points). When astronomers refer to The Trojans, they mean the ones at Jupiter because those are the most numerous and were the first to be identified.

Lucy will visit the "Greek camp" first (2027-28), then visit the "Trojan camp" in 2033.

Filed under Science | permalink | October 17, 2021 at 08:19 AM

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