Nasa annouces new asteroid missions to study solar system

Scientists and engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will provide instruments on NASA's two newest missions, Lucy and Psyche, which will explore, respectively, six of Jupiter's Trojan asteroids and 16 Psyche, a rare and primarily metal asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The new missions are named as Lucy and Psyche. While Juno is studying what Jupiter is made up of, the Lucy mission will try to look back in time with The Trojans.

"This is what Discovery Program missions are all about - boldly going to places we've never been to enable groundbreaking science", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

Hominid existed 3 million year before, and Lucy will launch in 2021 and will end in 2033. Lucy will target Trojan asteroids captured by Jupiter's gravity, sharing same orbit around sun like Jupiter. These asteroids are trapped inside Jupiter's gravity.

This study can help scientists understand the solar system's history, like how it evolved, stated Harold F. Levisona scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., who is the principal investigator of Lucy. The reconnaissance mission of the primitive asteroids will hold important clues in studying the history of the solar system and how the planets were formed.

You can also watch the 16 Psyche show here at Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.

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Believed to have once been the liquid metallic core of a planet about the size of Mars, 16 Psyche has a diameter of more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) and seems to be mostly made up of iron and nickel-with a surface possibly bearing volatiles like water or hydroxyl, according to observations from the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility. Scientists wonder whether Psyche could be an exposed core of an early planet that could have been as large as Mars, but which lost its rocky outer layers due to a number of violent collisions billions of years ago.

Scientists are keen on studying this unusual body because it offers an opportunity to learn more about the interiors and layers of planets and other bodies such as moons, whose cores lie beneath miles of rock.

Scientists said that the mission that would explore an odd asteroid that is neither a rock nor ice offers learning opportunities for scientists.

The NASA Discovery Program goal is to deepen the knowledge of our solar system by launching modest cost-capped missions on a routine cadence. "We learn about inner space by visiting outer space".

The Lucy spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch in 2021, will include imaging and mapping instruments.

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