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NASA selects launch site for asteroid mission

Posted on 18 Mar 2019 and read 1052 times
NASA selects launch site for asteroid missionNASA (www.nasa.gov) has selected United Launch Services (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for its first-ever mission to explore Trojan asteroids.

The Lucy mission is currently scheduled for launch in October 2021 on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

With boosts from Earth’s gravity, the spacecraft will embark on a 12-year journey to study primitive asteroids orbiting the Sun in tandem with Jupiter.

The total cost for NASA of the Lucy mission is about $148.3 million.