NASA’s space shuttle Lucy It flew through Earth’s atmosphere this morning on the first anniversary of its launch.
Below the International Space Station — 220 miles above Earth’s surface — it flew past satellites and debris, using procedures to avoid a possible collision.
Scientists also need to take atmospheric resistance into account when designing aircraft.
The satellite was first spotted by sky watchers in Western Australia before disappearing into Earth’s shadow.
The 12-year mission, which launched last October 16, is the first mission to Jupiter’s asteroids.
Asteroids orbit the Sun and are at the same distance as Jupiter.
NASA said first aid for gravity She will guide Lucy on a new path for two years, after which other aid will be returned to give Lucy the energy to cross the main asteroid belt.
Asteroid Lucy will be observed by Donald Johansson before traveling to Trojan asteroids.
The probe will pass by Eurybates, Quetta, Polymele, Leucus, and Orus.
In 2030, Lucy’s third gravitational boost will approach the Patroclus-Minucius asteroid binary pair in the Trojan asteroid cluster.
The agency indicated that it would use Lucia’s pictures of the Earth and the Moon As they fly to calibrate their instruments.
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