Over 4 billion years ago, the newly formed solar system, consisted of trillions of rocky, icy bodies. Some of these became Trojan Asteroids.
A vast number of these objects came together to form planets and moons, most of the others were scattered to the distant reaches of our solar system and beyond.
However, some of these primitive bodies were caught in the vast gravitational pull of the largest bodies. And now a large number of them now share Jupiter’s orbit.
Leading and trailing the giant planet in two vast swarms known as the Trojan Asteroids. These ancient relics have remained gravitationally trapped for billions of years.
Astronomers have only studied these mysterious asteroids from afar, but that’s all about to change.
NASA’s Lucy mission will embark on a voyage to visit seven of these primordial asteroids.
Named after the famous Lucy fossil that transformed our understanding of human evolution, the Lucy mission is hoped to transform our understanding of Solar System Evolution.
Bringing us closer than ever before to these fossils of the planet formation, while opening new insights into the origins of Earth and potentially ourselves.