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The moon is enchanting in new photos from NASA’s Lucy mission

NASA’s Lucy mission took stunning closeup images of the moon after using Earth to gain a gravity-assisted boost for its journey to visit Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.

Lucy conducted the first of three planned Earth flybys on Oct. 16, getting as close as 220 miles (360 kilometers) to our planet, making Lucy visible to some viewers on the ground. Hours after its planetary pass, the spacecraft trained its L’LORRI (Lucy Long Range Reconnaissance Imager) camera on our nearest neighbor to capture some impressive photos of the moon in a procedure meant to prepare for the mission’s asteroid flybys.

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