NASA selects launch site for asteroid mission
Posted on 18 Mar 2019 and read 1052 times
) 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.