Cape Canaveral, Florida– Attention of asteroid fans: NASA is ready to launch several probes to go into space and will even affect some of the attractive rocks of the solar system.
Lucy Probe will be the first person to go into space this weekend on a 12-year journey to Jupiter for a mass of asteroids, a time capsule that has not been discovered since the sun rose. And yes, there will be diamonds in the sky for Lucy, one of her scientific instruments, as well as the melodies of other Beatles songs.
NASA is about to rise on Saturday morning.
A month later, the Dart spacecraft will pursue a double asteroid near the house. The mission will end when Dart hits the moon from the central asteroid to change its orbit, an experiment that could one day save the Earth from an approaching rock.
Next summer, a spacecraft will launch into the world of rare metals – a nickel-iron asteroid that could once be the exposed center of a planet. A pair of small company ships, the size of a suitcase, will be removed from the second set of double asteroids.
And in 2023, a space capsule will parachute into the Utah desert with the first specimen of a NASA asteroid, collected last year by a robot that dug the Osiris Rex. The specimens are from Bannu, a rock containing debris and rocks that could endanger the earth in a few centuries.
“We’re looking at each of these astronauts telling our story, the story of the solar system,” said Thomas Zarbachin, head of NASA’s science mission.
“There’s nothing better than understanding the formation of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago,” said Hall Lewison, lead scientist at Lucy at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “They are the fossils of planet formation.”
China and Russia will work together for an asteroid mission later this decade. The UAE also plans to visit the asteroid in the next few years.