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Designing Lucy’s Path to the Trojan Asteroids

Lucy is the first mission to explore the Jupiter Trojans – two swarms of asteroids that share Jupiter’s orbit, leading and trailing the giant planet by sixty degrees. These primitive bodies are thought to be the “fossils” of planet formation, trapped by Jupiter’s gravity at the dawn of the solar system. Now, NASA is sending Lucy on a winding, twelve-year-long path to visit one main-belt asteroid and seven Jupiter Trojans. Lucy will provide the first up-close look at these mysterious objects, helping scientists to better understand the evolution of the solar system. Learn more about Lucy’s path to eight asteroids: Music: “Ocean Simulation” and “The Sequencer Paradox” by Laetitia Frenod; “The Chess Game” by David James Elliott and Martin Gratton; “Tale of Time” by Markus Gleissner, via Universal Production Music Asteroid Ryugu imagery provided by: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Video credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Scientific Visualization Studio Dan Gallagher (KBRwyle): Lead Producer Kel Elkins (USRA): Lead Visualizer Ned Barbee (Lockheed Martin): Producer Cathy Olkin (SwRI): Interviewee Brian Sutter (Lockheed Martin): Interviewee Lauren Duda (Lockheed Martin): Interviewer Chris Tucker (Lockheed Martin): Videographer Adam Mattivi (Lockheed Martin): Videographer John Caldwell (AIMM): Videographer Jonathan North (KBRwyle): Lead Animator Walt Feimer (KBRwyle): Animator Michael Lentz (KBRwyle): Animator Scott Wiessinger (KBRwyle): Animator Wade Sisler (NASA/GSFC): Support Katherine Kretke (SwRI): Support Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET): Support This video can be freely shared and downloaded at While the video in its entirety can be shared without permission, the music and some individual imagery may have been obtained through permission and may not be excised or remixed in other products. Specific details on such imagery may be found here: For more information on NASA’s media guidelines, visit If you liked this video, subscribe to the NASA Goddard YouTube channel: Follow NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center · Instagram · Twitter · Twitter · Facebook: · Flickr
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