NASA launches asteroid hunter Lucy from Cape Canaveral

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The spaceship will be the first to tour the so-called Trojan asteroids that orbit Jupiter and are ‘time capsules from the birth of our Solar System,’ according to NASA scientists from the Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. NASA says the Lucy space mission will revolutionize our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of the solar system, giving insight into planetary evolution. Lucy launched into orbit on Saturday at 5:34 am on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The $981 million mission spaceship also carries a plaque that includes quotes from the likes of Carl Sagan, Albert Einstein and the Beatles. As it happens, the mission takes its name from the fossilized human ancestor, named ‘Lucy’ by her discovers, whose skeleton provided unique insights into our evolution, as well as the song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ by aforementioned The Beatles. In a prerecorded video for NASA, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr paid tribute to his late bandmate John Lennon, who wrote the song that helped inspire the ship’s name.

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