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NASA Lucy Spacecraft Discovers Mini Moon Orbiting 2500 foot Asteroid Dinkinesh 48 crore kilometers away space news

NASA Lucy Spacecraft Discovers Mini Moon Orbiting 2500 foot Asteroid Dinkinesh 48 crore kilometers away space news
Written by Manoj Kadam
NASA Lucy Spacecraft Discovers Mini Moon Orbiting 2500 foot Asteroid Dinkinesh 48 crore kilometers away space news

NASA Lucy Spacecraft Discovers Mini Moon Orbiting 2500 foot Asteroid Dinkinesh 48 crore kilometers away space news

Space agencies have always been excited about asteroids. Recently a NASA spacecraft returned with a sample of an asteroid. Now the agency has made another new discovery about the asteroid. Its spacecraft Lucy has gone on an asteroid mission. It has gone to collect information about asteroid Dinkinesh. During the mission, the spacecraft has given surprising information about the asteroid Dinkinesh. This asteroid also has its own moon. Let us know about it.

NASA's spacecraft Lucy has spotted the moon of asteroid Dinkinesh. It is 220 meters wide. It is continuously revolving around the asteroid but is at a distance of 434 kilometers from it. The interesting thing is that the asteroid Dinkinesh is only 790 meters large. And its moon is 220 meters big. NASA says that this is the smallest asteroid in the main asteroid belt that has been seen from such close proximity. Scientist Keith Noll associated with the Lucy Project has said that it is really very exciting to find a system of two celestial bodies instead of a single asteroid.

The Dinkinesh asteroid, along with its moon, is located in the Main Asteroid Belt. This belt is found between Mars and Jupiter. It is approximately 48 crore kilometers away from the Earth. Hein Levinson, the project's principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute, said Dinkinesh fully does justice to its name. He said that Dinkinesh means wonderful in the Amharic language of Ethiopia, and Dinkinesh is truly wonderful.

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According to NASA, the team associated with the project will take about a week more time to extract the remaining data from the spacecraft. With this data the team will gather more information related to the encounter of spacecraft and asteroid. After this the spacecraft will again encounter the asteroid which will happen in 2025. This asteroid belt is present in Donaldjohansson.

Actually, NASA has sent Lucy to Dinkinesh as a rehearsal. Because after this she is going to send Lucy to much bigger asteroids near Jupiter. This mission aims to find out about 8 asteroids which are called Trojans. It is said about Trojan asteroids that they are made of the same material from which our outer solar system is made, which includes planets like Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.

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