NASA’s comet-chasing Trojan Asteroid Mission to Study Ragged Surfaces

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Trojan Asteroid Mission to Study Ragged Surfaces

The launch of NASA’s new flagship asteroid probe, the Lucy mission, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, has been postponed due to weather conditions. On Friday, a strong storm moved across the Pacific Ocean impacting the launch area, delaying operations entirely. The Atlas V rocket, that rolled out to the launchpad Thursday, is now carrying NASA’s Lucy space probe, which will search the asteroid belt for watery icy rocks. Before Friday’s postponement, Lucy and her brother and sister had been scheduled to fly by the asteroid on Friday morning. It was not immediately clear whether this would happen or not.

The postponement comes at a time when NASA is dealing with budget issues and trying to cut costs wherever possible. There are many complicated issues behind the cancellation of this important mission. One issue is how to safely insert the Lucy into space. The large main engine of the Atlas V rocket, along with its payload fairings and parachute system, are essential for this process. If anything were to go wrong during the insertion into orbit, it could cause the whole vehicle to malfunction, or even blow up.

NASA announced on Friday that the probe had been put into a position to rendezvous with the Russian-made unmanned space probe, Progress MS-032. This probe is part of the European Space Agency. If the two vehicles could meet, then they could share valuable information about the nature of Near Earth Asteroids. NASA officials said that as soon as the two craft can meet, they will determine whether or not to proceed with the Lucy mission launch. If not, then NASA will move onto another potential target. If the two vehicles can successfully communicate with each other, then NASA has indicated that it will send another robotic probe to investigate the asteroid.

 

The reason that the Lucy mission will attempt to rendezvous and communicate with a comet-bound probe is because comets and icy rocks are much too small to be an effective target for a manned spaceflight. Additionally, a robotic probe would not be capable of determining whether or not the asteroid itself poses a hazard to space travel. There have already been several close passes by asteroidoids that come extremely close to our planet. Some of these close passes have come very close enough to threaten our precious astronauts who are safely orbiting our planet. However, there is no way to predict which of these near-earth objects will become a threat to us.

 

It would be ideal for NASA to monitor the comets and icy rocks that make up asteroid belts as a way to better understand their composition and structure in space. It is also hoped that watching how the asteroid composition breaks apart will give scientists insight into the processes involved when these bodies develop into full-fledged cometlike objects. If a successful mission to land a probe on a cometary target is made, it will provide valuable data for study for years to come. The idea of NASA putting a robotic space probe on a collision course with a potentially hazardous comet like Jupiter is not so farfetched.

 

NASA has recently announced that it plans to launch a new space exploration mission to study a possible collision course with a large asteroid. This mission will be looking to take a sample of the asteroid which may be worth precious time studying. Although the actual rock formation process inside a comet is complicated and not fully understood, a sample brought back from one of these collisions could tell researchers a lot about the composition. Studying rocky bodies in space may help us better understand the processes involved.

 

If NASA’s plan is to try and capture a piece of this massive cometoid, then the name of the probe will be something related to ” comet chaser.” There will be some time between the first attempt at capturing a piece of the asteroid and the second when the robotic space probe is able to approach it. The first attempt was made in April of last year, but was delayed several weeks. The second attempt will be made around October of this year. The target date is somewhat uncertain, but it is expected around this time that the robot can actually travel to the asteroid and take a sample.

 

It is very interesting to see how robotic space exploration will evolve over time. With the space shuttle program ending in 2021, we will likely see many more missions from NASA aimed at finding more undiscovered solar system objects. While it is unlikely that any of these discoveries will be near Earth, it is possible that one of these missions will make a significant discovery. Getting a sample from an asteroid, cometary, or comet will also be something that scientists will discuss for years to come.

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