NASA’s Lucy will fire its main engines for the first time in space on its way to the Trojan asteroids

NASA’s Lucy will fire its main engines for the first time in space on its way to the Trojan asteroids

Finally, NASA’s asteroid-hopping mission Lucy begins its journey to the previously unexplored Trojan asteroids, which follow Jupiter as it orbits the sun.

On Wednesday (Jan. 31), the Lucy spacecraft will fire up its main engines off Earth for the first time since its launch in August 2021. Turning on the Lucy main engines will cause the spacecraft to burn up about half of the fuel on board. This will be followed by a second, larger maneuver, which NASA says is currently scheduled for Saturday (February 3).

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