The Lucy probe was launched by NASA way back in October of 2021 (I feel like I should have remembered this, and yet my memory is failing me). Its 12 year mission is to do flyby surveys of asteroids; two in the main asteroid belt and six more Trojan asteroids, which share an orbit with Jupiter. The first stop is a main belt asteroid named Dinkinesh, which will occur tomorrow! This encounter is primarily a test of Lucy’s onboard tracking systems, before it encounters main belt asteroid Donaldjohanson next year, and in the years to come it will be off to rendezvous with Trojan asteroids Eurybates, Polymele, Leucus, Orus, and finally Patroclus/Menoetius, a binary asteroid pair.

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