NASA has launched a new mission from Cape Canaveral to explore the fossils of the solar system. It has been named the Lucy Mission and this mission has left for the planet Jupiter.
Scientists say it will be used to study a group of asteroids in front of and behind a large piece of gas in the orbit of the largest planet, in two groups.
Scientists at the US space agency (NASA) say that these objects survived during the formation of this planet and important information about the origin of the solar system may be hidden in these Trojans.
NASA says that research on this could also reveal the factors behind the current position of the planets in our solar system.
The Lucy mission left Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 9:34 a.m. GMT on Saturday on an Atlas V rocket.
The mission will cost 1 981 million over the next 12 years. During this time, the Lucy Mission will examine and study seven Trojans.
How did she get the name Lucy?
Why did NASA name this mission Lucy? In 1974, a human skeleton was found in a place called Hazr in Ethiopia. After studying it, scientists named it the world’s oldest human skeleton. The structure was named Lucy. It is said to have revealed where mankind came from.
NASA has named its mission to investigate the Trojan on Jupiter after the first human skeleton. The spacecraft has set out in search of a rock that orbits the sun with Jupiter millions of kilometers from Earth.
Hall Trojan, lead researcher at the Lucy Mission at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said:
“Those planets are stuck because of the effect of gravity between Jupiter and the sun. The things that have been stored in the history of the solar system at the time of their formation are fixed there forever. So these things are really the fossils that make up our planet.
Lucy is designed to study an object in a city or larger that describes the size, texture, surface properties, and temperature of the object.
If the Trojans are made up of objects that make up Jupiter’s moons, then they are known to be at the same distance from the Sun as these giant gas planets. But that is not to be expected.
Dr Carly Howet, a scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, said: ‘For example, if they are made of what we see in the Cooper Belt, it will tell us that they may have been built there and then later They have been pulled by gravity to the place.
“This mission is a test of our models, because in our view, when the solar system was being formed, some objects were thrown out by gravity and some were pulled in,” Dr Carly Howitt told BBC News.
According to this theory of scientists, when the solar system was being formed, a large amount of dust and gas particles accumulated due to stretching. This created various planets, asteroids and other small and large astronomical objects around the sun. Some debris or Trojans remain in the process.
Due to gravity, these celestial bodies either merged into the sun or accumulated in the outer part of the solar system, which is called the Copper Belt.
They all revolve around the sun. New things are coming to light about the planets accumulating in the Copper Belt and the origin of the solar system through it.
When will the Lucy spacecraft reach the Trojan?
The spacecraft will reach the main group of Trojans by 2027-28, while it is expected to reach the tail ring by 2033. The entire journey is based on about 4 billion miles or 6 billion kilometers.
Lucy’s mission is to investigate Trojans, but as she reaches Jupiter, she will also visit other planets like Donald Johnson.