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Dinkinesh Asteroid

Dinkinesh Asteroid:

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft has captured its first images of the main belt asteroid Dinkinesh, marking the beginning of a 12-year voyage.

  • Dinkinesh asteroid was discovered in 1999 by the LINEAR survey.
  • Dinkinesh is a slow rotator with a moderately large light-curve amplitude.
  • It is an S-type asteroid, which means it is composed mainly of silicates and some metal.
  • It will be the first fly-by target of the Lucy mission on November 1, 2023, during its cruise to the Trojan Clouds.
  • The observations were made by Lucy’s high-resolution camera, the Lucy Long Range Reconnaissance Imager ( L’LORRI instrument ).

Lucy Mission:

  • It was launched by NASA from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida in 2021.
  • It is a 12-year missionwhich will take close observations of nine of Jupiter’s Trojans and two main belt asteroids along with that.
  • It is the first spacecraft sent to study the Trojan asteroids, which orbit the Sun in the same path that the planet Jupiter takes.
  • It has recently captured images of Eurybates, Polymele, Leucus and Leucus asteroids.