Planets and Moons  ID: 20366

Lucy Solar Array Anomaly: Animation

NASA’s Lucy mission is heading to the Jupiter Trojans, two swarms of asteroids trapped in Jupiter’s orbit. Lucy made a picture-perfect launch in October 2021, but when the spacecraft began to unfurl its solar arrays, it encountered an anomaly. One of the arrays failed to fully deploy and latch shut, putting the mission at risk. For months, the flight operations team worked to address the issue – allowing Lucy to continue its journey to the Jupiter Trojans.

This artist concept animation depicts Lucy’s solar array anomaly. Learn more.


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Animation Credits

Jonathan North (KBR Wyle Services, LLC): Lead Animator
Dan Gallagher (KBR Wyle Services, LLC): Producer
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Lead Technical Support
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab