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NASA’s Lucy asteroid spacecraft solar array rescue efforts continuing

NASA’s Lucy mission team is continuing efforts to correct the incomplete deployment of one of the spacecraft’s solar arrays as it continues to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.

The Lucy mission, which launched in October 2021, has two large, circular solar arrays, each spanning 24 feet (7 meters), to provide power for its pioneering voyage. However, one of the arrays failed to fully deploy after launch, posing a problem for the team. An update in January stated that the second array is a little less than 350 degrees deployed, due to an issue with a lanyard suspected to have prevented full deployment, but work to fix the issue has continued.

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