Nov 4, 2023

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft swoops past first of 10 asteroids on long journey to Jupiter

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NASA’s Lucy spacecraft on Wednesday encountered the first of 10 asteroids on its long journey to Jupiter.

The on Wednesday swooped past the pint-sized Dinkinesh, about 300 million miles (480 million kilometers) away in the beyond Mars. It was “a quick hello,” according to NASA, with the spacecraft zooming by at 10,000 mph (16,000 kph).

Lucy came within 270 miles (435 kilometers) of Dinkinesh, testing its instruments in a dry run for the bigger and more alluring asteroids ahead. Dinkinesh is just a half-mile (1 kilometer) across, quite possibly the smallest of the space rocks on Lucy’s tour.

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