The veil will rise from the mystery of the solar system! NASA will launch a special mission to find rocks near Jupiter, NASA to launch probe Lucy to explore rocks near Jupiter, know all about it
The veil will rise from the mystery of the solar system! NASA will launch a special mission to find rocks near Jupiter  |  Photo Credits: Representative Image
- NASA is going to launch a special mission to find out about the asteroid near Jupiter.
- Scientists believe that this will help to know how the solar system finally came into existence
- This mission will be for 12 years, during which the spacecraft will cover a distance of about 6.5 billion kilometers.
NASA: There are many such things in the solar system, which amaze us. It is like a bottomless ocean, about which even science has not yet fully understood. Scientists are constantly engaged in gathering information about it. In this sequence, the US space agency NASA is now going to launch a mission to find out about the asteroid Trojans near Jupiter. This is the first such mission and it is believed that it will give an opportunity to learn a lot about the solar system.
Mission will launch in October
This NASA mission is going to launch in October. It is named Lucy, which is inspired by the Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’. This NASA mission is scheduled to launch on October 16 from Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida in the US, which will be for 12 years. During this time it will cover a distance of about 6.5 billion kilometers at an average speed of 6,50,000 kilometers per hour or 15 kilometers per second.
According to the information given by NASA scientists, after the launch, Lucy will circle the sun first to pick up speed. It will not meet its first target until 2025, which will be a normal asteroid, not a Trojan. Between 2027 and 2033 it will pass through seven Trojans, two of which are Eurybates and its satellite Queta. This will be the first spacecraft, which will collect information about Trojans from Jupiter’s orbit. After this it will return closer to the Earth, but will remain in Jupiter’s orbit while rotating in the opposite direction.
Why is this NASA mission special?
Scientists consider this mission of NASA very important. They hope that this will help to know and provide important clues in the direction of how the solar system finally came into existence about four billion years ago. Scientific instruments aboard Lucy will gather important information about the surface temperature of asteroids as well as their composition, whether they are made of ice or organic material or any other kind of minerals.
However, Lucy will neither enter the orbit of an asteroid nor land on its surface to collect samples, as it will consume more rockets. This will be a completely solar powered space mission, which will be a record in itself. Space missions are generally powered by nuclear power.
What are Trojans?
Trojans are space rocks present in space, which are estimated to be within a radius of 250 kilometers. These are close to the orbit of the Sun and Jupiter. They rotate in two directions, forward and backward of the planet. During this, their distance from the Sun and Jupiter is almost equal. Scientists believe that the Trojans are the remains of the same material from which Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are the four major planets present in our solar system.
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