Lucy spacecraft took pictures of the Earth and the Moon

(ORDO NEWS) — On October 15, 2022, NASA’s Lucy spacecraft took a picture of the Earth during instrument calibration, and on October 13, a picture of the Earth and the Moon.

On October 15, the Lucy spacecraft took a picture of the Earth from a distance of 620,000 kilometers, and on October 13, the Lucy took a picture of the Earth and the Moon from a distance of 1.4 million kilometers, when the spacecraft was just approaching the Earth.

Lucy is the first mission to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, an ancient population of asteroid “fossils” that orbit the Sun at the same distance as Jupiter.

The images were taken using the Lucy Terminal Tracking Camera (T2CAM) system, a pair of identical cameras that are responsible for tracking asteroids during high-speed approaches.

The T2CAM system was designed, built and tested by Malin Space Science Systems. Lockheed Martin has integrated T2CAM into the spacecraft and controls them.

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