The Lucy mission is divided up into 6 phases:
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NASA Selects Lucy Mission Concept, along with 4 other mission concepts, to receive funding for further study
NASA Selects Lucy as the 13th Discovery class mission
NASA approves Lucy Mission's Preliminary Design in the Preliminary Design Review
NASA approves the Lucy Mission's Detailed Design in the Critical Design Review
Lucy officially begin Assembly, Testing and Launch Operations (ATLO) at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado
Construction and testing of the L'LORRI Instrument is completed at APL and it is delivered to Lockheed Martin
Construction and testing of the L'TES Instrument is completed at ASU and it is delivered to Lockheed Martin
Construction and testing of the L'Ralph Instrument is completed at NASA Goddard and it is delivered to Lockheed Martin
Lucy Spacecraft ships to Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Lucy's launches on the first day of its launch period at 5:34 am ET on Oct 16, 2021!
Lucy has its first Earth flyby and gravity assist to transfer into a two year orbit
Lucy encounters the main belt asteroid (152830) Dinkinesh and its satellite
Lucy has its second Earth flyby and gravity assist, sending Lucy out towards the Trojan asteroids
Lucy encounters the main belt asteroid (52246) Donaldjohansen
Lucy encounters the Trojan asteroid (3548) Eurybates and its satellite, Queta
Lucy encounters the Trojan asteroid (15094) Polymele and its satellite, nicknamed "Shaun"
Lucy encounters the Trojan asteroid (11351) Leucus
Lucy encounters the Trojan asteroid (21900) Orus
Lucy has its third Earth flyby and gravity assist
Lucy encounters the binary pair (617) Patroclus and Menoetius
End of the Prime Mission. Lucy will continue to orbit the Sun, passing through the alternating Trojan swarms for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of years.