Teams have begun assembly of NASA’s Lucy spacecraft for its October 2021 launch. This spacecraft will journey across the asteroid belt toward Jupiter, studying a total of eight different asteroids over the course of a decade.
Different from previous asteroid missions, this one is expected to study and explore Jupiter’s trojan clusters. Those are asteroids orbiting the sun in a group, following the same orbit as Jupiter.
Scientists hope to find water deep below the asteroid’s surface, and learn more about the beginnings of our universe.