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Lucy, Discovery Mission 13 - a grand tour of the Jupiter Trojans
Floyd
post Oct 16 2021, 04:49 PM
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I also watched the launch this morning--it is always breathtaking. I understand the huge solar panels unfolded properly.


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post Oct 17 2021, 01:59 AM
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The best general media article Iíve run across concerning the Lucy Mission is this one in the New York Times. (I assume itís paywalled, although the NYT is a little more generous with free articles than it was.)

https://www.nytimes.com/article/nasa-lucy-t...-asteroids.html

The article is nicely written, features some particularly good graphics, and most importantly, feels more comprehensive than is typical for the twenty-first century NYT science section.

This was a mild surprise. Iím a life-long reader and admirer of the New York Times science desk. However, since the MER rover missions renewed and intensified my interest in planetary science in 2004, Iíve frequently felt that the NYTís fine writers were not allowed enough ink to do do justice to planetary missions. I began to rely much more on specialist journals and online sources, especially Emily Lakdawalla, and particularly during her time at the Planetary Society, and of course this forum.

The article's author, David W. Brown, is a freelancer who has apparently just published a book on the Europa Clipper mission with the following title:

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THE MISSION, or: How a Disciple of Carl Sagan, an Ex-Motocross Racer, a Texas Tea Party Congressman, the World's Worst Typewriter Saleswoman, California Mountain People, and an Anonymous NASA Functionary Went to War with Mars, Survived an Insurgency at Saturn, Traded Blows with Washington, and Stole a Ride on an Alabama Moon Rocket to Send a Space Robot to Jupiter in Search of the Second Garden of Eden at the Bottom of an Alien Ocean Inside of an Ice World Called Europa (A True Story)

I'm not a fan of goofy long book titles that don't include useful search terms in the first few words, or in this case, anywhere at all, but on the strength of Brown's article about Lucy, I'm going to read his book.
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post Oct 17 2021, 02:59 AM
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I posted a minor review of the audiobook in the Europa Clipper thread: http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.p...st&p=251818
He's a good writer, though naturally he can only write about non-confidential subject matter, so he is limited to some degree.
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post Oct 17 2021, 03:08 AM
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Re: NYT: this reads like a Science Tuesday section front page, and that's where I'd expect to see it in print.
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post Oct 17 2021, 09:54 AM
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QUOTE (Holder of the Two Leashes @ Oct 15 2021, 05:11 PM) *
Hmmm. Since this Atlas launch will be without any SRBs, a couple of shock diamonds might be just barely visible in the far end of the exhaust of the rocket.

I think this tweet (direct image link) might show such.

Also, the Spaceflight Now article has "A tiny diamond buried deep inside the L’TES spectrometer acts as a beam splitter".
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post Oct 18 2021, 03:39 AM
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https://spacenews.com/nasa-investigating-is...cy-solar-array/
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post Oct 19 2021, 02:23 PM
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They're optimistic that it's not a major issue: RCS thrusters worked already, main change has been a delay in deploying the instrument platform:

https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/10/18/nasa-...lar-array-snag/
EDIT: More details, directly from the team:
https://blogs.nasa.gov/lucy/2021/10/19/nasa...s-solar-arrays/
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