NASA sets cover and invites audience to virtually join in Lucy’s launch

WASHINGTON, October 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – NASA will cover upcoming pre-launch and launch activities for Lucy, the agency’s first mission to explore the Jupiter Trojan asteroids.

Lucy should be launched no earlier than 5:34 am EDT Saturday, on October 16, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Coverage of the live launch will begin at 5 a.m. EDT on NASA television, the NASA app, and the agency website. NASA to host pre-launch briefing Wednesday October 13, and information sessions on science and engineering October 14.

During her 12-year main mission, Lucy will explore a record number of asteroids. The spacecraft will fly over an asteroid in the Solar System’s Main Belt and seven Trojan asteroids. Lucy’s path will circle the Earth three times for the aids of gravity, making her the first spacecraft to return close to our planet from the Outer Solar System.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), all media participation in press conferences will be done remotely. A telephone gateway will be provided for each briefing.

Full mission coverage is as follows. Information is subject to change:

Wednesday October 13

1:00 p.m.: Lucy pre-launch press conference with the following attendees:

  • Thomas zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, NASA Scientific Mission Directorate at the Agency’s Headquarters in Washington.
  • Hal Levison, Lucy Principal Investigator, Southwest Research Institute.
  • Donya Douglas Bradshaw, Lucy Project Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
  • Jean Elbon, Chief Operating Officer, United Launch Alliance.
  • Launch Weather Officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Delta 45 Space Launch, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
  • Omar Baez, Lucy Launch Director, NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

For the phone number and access code, please contact the Kennedy press room at: [email protected] no later than noon, Wednesday October 13. Members of the public can also ask questions online using #LucyMission on social media.

Thursday October 14

10:00 a.m.: NASA EDGE: Live Lucy Rollout Show.

1:00 p.m.: Lucy’s scientific briefing with the following participants:

  • Adriana ocampo, head of the Lucy program, NASA headquarters.
  • Cathy olkin, Lucy Associate Principal Investigator, Southwest Research Institute.
  • Keith noll, Project Scientist Lucy, Goddard.
  • Hal Weaver, Principal Investigator for Lucy’s L’ORRI instrument, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.
  • Phil christensen, principal investigator for the L’TES de Lucy instrument, Arizona State University.
  • Denis reuter, Principal Investigator for Lucy’s L’Ralph instrument, Goddard.

3 p.m.: Lucy’s technical briefing with the following participants:

  • Joan Salute, Associate Director of Flight Programs, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters.
  • Jessica lounsbury, Lucy Project System Engineer, Goddard.
  • Katie oakman, Lucy structures and mechanisms direct, Lockheed Martin Space.
  • Coralie Adam, Deputy Head of the Navigation Team, KinetX Aerospace.

For the phone number and access code, please contact the Kennedy press room at: [email protected] through Thursday October 14 no later than noon for the scientific briefing and 2:00 p.m. for the technical briefing. Members of the audience can also ask questions, which can be answered in real time during the segment, using #LucyMission on social media.

Friday October 15th

3:30 p.m.: NASA Science Live with the following participants:

  • Carly howett, Deputy Director of the Department of Space Studies, Southwest Research Institute.
  • Wil Santiago, Deep Space Exploration Engineer, Lockheed Martin Space.
  • Donya Douglas Bradshaw, Lucy project manager, Goddard.
  • Brittine Young, mentor for the NASA Academy Lucy L’SPACE.
  • Wilbert ruperto, NASA Academy Ambassador Lucy L’SPACE.

This episode will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed live on the agency’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels. Members of the public can participate live by submitting questions using #askNASA or posting a comment in the live video chat stream.

NASA TV launch coverage

Live NASA TV coverage will begin 5 a.m. Saturday, October 16. For information on NASA TV downlinks, schedules, and video streaming links, visit:

Only audio of the press conferences and launch coverage will be shown on NASA’s “V” circuits, accessible by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, “audio mission,” NASA TV’s no-commentary countdown countdown activities, will air on 321-867-7135.

On launch day, a clean feed of the launch without comment from NASA TV will air on the NASA TV media channel.

NASA website launch cover

Launch day coverage will be available on the agency’s website. Coverage will include live stream and blog updates starting no earlier than 5 a.m. October 16, as the countdown milestones occur. Streaming video on demand and photos of the launch will be available shortly after take-off. For questions about countdown coverage, contact the Kennedy press room at: 321-867-2468. Follow countdown coverage on our launch blog at:

Interview requests

Members of the media seeking interviews on Lucy’s launch should submit media inquiries to Alana johnson and Nancy Neal Jones.

Public participation

The public can register to attend the launch virtually. NASA’s Virtual Guest Program for Lucy includes curated launch resources, a behind-the-scenes look at the mission, and the option to get a virtual guest launch passport stamp.

NASA Virtual Social Networks

As NASA finalizes preparations for the launch, the agency invites the public to join its virtual NASA Social for the #LucyMission on Facebook. Stay up to date with the latest mission activities, interact with NASA team members in real time, and watch the launch.

Watch and engage on social media

Stay connected to the Mission on social media and let people know you are following her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #LucyMission – and tag the following accounts:

Twitter: @NASA, @NASASolarSystem, @NASASocial, @NASA_LSP, @ SLDelta45

Facebook: Nasa, NASASolar system, NASA LSP, SLDelta45

Instagram: Nasa

The launch of this mission is managed by NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at Kennedy, America’s first multi-user spaceport. Goddard provides overall mission management, systems engineering, and security and mission assurance. Lucy’s principal investigator is based at Boulder, Colorado, a subsidiary of the Southwest Research Institute. Lucy is the 13th mission in NASA’s Discovery program. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center at Huntsville, Alabama, manages the discovery program for the direction of the scientific mission of the agency in Washington.

United Launch Alliance is the rocket supplier for Lucy’s launch. Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado, built the spaceship.

Para obtener información sobre cobertura en español en el Centro Espacial Kennedy o si desea solicitar entrevistas en español, comuníquese con Antonia Jaramillo 321-501-8425.


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