illustration of Lucy spacecraft

Lucy Mission Resources

By Staci L. Tiedeken, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Feature | November 3, 2021

This page showcases our resources for those interested in learning more about the Lucy mission, which launched Oct. 16, 2021. It includes activities that can be done at home as well as videos, animations, stories, and articles.

Follow along with the Lucy mission through #LucyMission and @NASASolarSystem on your preferred social media platform.

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Videos & Animations

Lucy's Journey

Look back as Lucy prepared for launch on the first ever journey to the Trojan asteroids, a population of primitive small bodies orbiting in tandem with Jupiter.

Episode 1 of 6 - "Launch"

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Episode 2 of 6 - "The Adventure Begins"

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Episode 3 of 6 - "The Trojan Asteroids"

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Episode 4 of 6 - “Instruments”

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Episode 5 of 6 - "The First Flyby"

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Episode 6 of 6 - "Into the Unknown"

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Lucy Goes to Space

The scientists and engineers of NASA’s Lucy mission share their excitement about visiting the Trojan asteroids, what it’s like to work on a NASA mission, and what Lucy will uncover about the history of our solar system.

Episode 1 of 5 - "Exploring the Solar System"

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Episode 2 of 5 - "Lagrange Points"

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Episode 3 of 5 - “Planning for a Spacecraft Launch”

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Episode 4 of 5 - "Driving a Spacecraft"

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Episode 5 of 5 - "Working on a NASA Mission"

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Activities

  • #LucyTimeCapsule

    Create your own #LucyTimeCapsule!
  • Lucy Coloring Sheet

    Color your very own Lucy spacecraft.
  • Lucy Paper Snowflake

    Make your own Lucy paper snowflake!
  • Lucy Paper Spacecraft

    Make your own Lucy paper spacecraft model, with an approximate scale of 1:50. Note: Skill level is intermediate.

Stories

Lucy Mission to the Trojan Asteroids

NASA’s Lucy mission is the first spacecraft launched to the Trojan asteroids, a population of primitive asteroids orbiting in tandem with Jupiter. These are remnants of planetesimals – the primitive building blocks that formed the planets – that were captured in two regions, near points where the gravitational influence of Jupiter and the Sun balance. These primitive bodies hold vital clues to deciphering the history of the solar system, and perhaps even the origins of organic material on Earth.

artist's concept of the Trojan asteroids

Launched on Oct. 16, 2021, Lucy is the first space mission to study the Trojans. The mission takes its name from the fossilized human ancestor (called “Lucy” by her discoverers) whose skeleton provided unique insight into humanity’s evolution. Likewise, the Lucy mission will revolutionize our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of the solar system. Lucy will complete a 12-year journey to eight different asteroids – a main belt asteroid and seven Trojans, four of which are members of “two-for-the-price-of-one” binary systems.

You can explore this mission by making your own paper Lucy spacecraft.

Articles

Other Resources