NASA’s newly launched Lucy spacecraft is having issues with one of its solar panels

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One of Lucy’s solar panels fully deployed before its launch | Image: Lockheed Martin

A robotic spacecraft that NASA just launched to explore clusters of asteroids around Jupiter may be in some slight trouble on its journey through space. The space probe, named Lucy, is having issues with one of its two main solar panels, which are critical for gathering rays from the Sun and generating power for the spacecraft on its 12-year trip through the Solar System.

NASA launched Lucy early in the morning on Saturday, October 16th, on top of an Atlas V rocket from Florida. The launch was deemed a success, putting Lucy on its trajectory to reach Jupiter’s asteroids, named the Trojans, by 2027.

But on Sunday, NASA announced that one of Lucy’s 24-foot-wide solar…

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