NASA is inviting the public to take part in virtual activities and events ahead of the launch of Lucy, the first space mission to study the Trojan asteroids, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-401 rocket. Launch is scheduled for 5:34 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
Members of the public can register to attend the launch virtually. NASA’s virtual guest program for this launch includes curated launch resources, behind-the-scenes looks at the mission, and a virtual guest passport stamp following a successful launch.
Live coverage begins on the agency’s website with the NASA EDGE: Live Lucy Rollout Show on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. EDT. The countdown commentary and launch broadcast will begin Saturday, Oct. 16, at 5 a.m., and air on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, Theta.TV and NASA’s App.
The Trojan asteroids are remnants of our early solar system trapped in stable orbits, clustered in two “swarms” leading and following Jupiter in its path around the Sun. No other space mission in history has been launched to as many different destinations in independent orbits around our Sun. The Lucy mission promises to revolutionize our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of the Solar System.
Members of the public can also share in the journey through a variety of activities, including:
Lucy Time Capsule
The public is invited to join Lucy on this 12-year journey by making their own Lucy time capsule. Inspired by the fact that Lucy will be visiting time capsules of our early solar system, as well as the fact that Lucy will carry a plaque to serve as a time capsule from our present era, the Lucy team invites the public to create their own time capsule as they follow along on Lucy’s epic voyage: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2021/nasa-lucy-team-invites-public-to-build-own-time-capsule
Are you a musician – composer, performer, music educator, or student – inspired by exploration and discovery? Share your inspiration in your unique voice, and join with others to create the Lucy Soundscape, a public collection of original music inspired by NASA’s Lucy mission launching in 2021!
Virtual Launch Passport
Print, fold, and get ready to fill your virtual passport. Stamps will be emailed following launches to those who register via email through Eventbrite.
Watch and Engage on Social Media
Stay connected with the mission on social media and let people know you’re following it on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Follow and tag these accounts:
- Twitter: @NASA, @NASASolarSystem
- Facebook: NASA, NASA Solar System Exploration
- Instagram: NASA, @NASASolarSystem