NASA's Lucy mission adds 9th Asteroid

NASA's Lucy probe has gained a ninth asteroid destination for its 12-year mission. 

Lucy launched in October 2021 and is bound for the Trojan asteroids, which, thanks to the pull of Jupiter'

 Jupiter's immense gravity, ride in the gas giant's orbit ahead of and behind the behemoth.

The mission was designed to zoom past a main-belt asteroid then swing through

 scientists have determined that one of Lucy's original target asteroids has a companion

Lucy's third target is an asteroid called Polymele, a gourd-shaped space rock that's roughly 13 miles

 astronomers observing Polymele in preparation for Lucy's eventual visit watched the asteroid pass in front of a star

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