Launched at the end of 2021, Lucy will be the first space mission to explore the Trojan asteroids. It is a population of small bodies resulting from the formation of the solar system. They drive or follow Jupiter in its orbit around the Sun and can tell us about the origin of organic matter on Earth.
Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA will hold a virtual press conference at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 28, to preview the launch of the agency’s first spacecraft to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. Trojan asteroids are remnants of the early solar system grouped into two swarms leading and following Jupiter in its path around the Sun.
The live briefing will be broadcast on NASA Television, the agency’s website, NASA’s Twitter account and the NASA app.
Participants in the Tuesday briefing will be:
- Lori Glaze, Director of NASA’s Planetary Sciences Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
- Keith Noll, Project Lucy Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
- Donya Douglas-Bradshaw, Lucy Project Manager, NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
- Hal Levison, Lucy Principal Investigator, Southwest Research Institute in Boulder Colorado.
- Rich Lipe, program director for the Lockheed Martin spacecraft, Denver, Colorado.