Trojan Asteroid hunter Lucy: Mission is to reveal secrets of origin of our solar system (NASA)

Lucy is scheduled to visit 7 asteroids from 2025 to 2033. Surprisingly for NASA, Lucy doesn’t stand for anything! (NASA)

The spacecraft has been named after a famous fossil skeleton was named after a famous Beatles song. (NASA)

Pictured, Lucy's launch was captured with reflection last week aboard a powerful Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. (Image Credit & Copyright: John Kraus)

Lucy was launched on Oct. 16, 2021. Lucy's mission is to head near Jupiter, but not visit the planet! So, why would the Lucy mission go out as far as Jupiter, but not visit the planet? (NASA)

Jupiter is such a massive planet that its gravity captures numerous asteroids that orbit the Sun ahead of it -- and behind. These are called Trojan asteroids. Some may have been trapped there for billions of years. (NASA)

Lucy's plan is to follow different clues about the origin of our Solar System than can be found at Jupiter itself. In fact, that is where Juno now orbits- a NASA spacecraft studying Jupiter. (NASA)

When Lucy flies by these Trojan asteroids, it can study them as fossils that likely hold unique clues about our early Solar System. (NASA)

Lucy's mission is set to visit seven asteroids in 8 years starting from 2025 to 2033. (NASA)

TLucy will be collecting leads about the origin of our solar system which can be found near Jupiter. (Pixabay)

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