Paris, 7 April 2021. – The NASA spacecraft Lucy which can journey past the orbit of Jupiter someday has efficiently deployed its huge photo voltaic panels, NASA mentioned.
Lucy has efficiently accomplished thermal vacuum testing of its photo voltaic panels, manufactured by Northrop Grumman. As soon as the photo voltaic panels are hooked up and totally prolonged, they may cowl a five-story constructing, NASA mentioned.
Lucy requires massive photo voltaic panels as it’s going to function farther from the Solar than any earlier solar-powered house mission.
Lucy is the 13th mission in NASA’s Discovery Program. Throughout its 12-year tour of the Trojan asteroids, Lucy is deliberate to function “a record-breaking” 853 million kilometers from the Solar, past the orbit of Jupiter.
The Lucy spacecraft shall be shipped to NASA’s Kennedy Area Heart in Florida this summer time to prepared it for launch in October.