NASA Lucy Asteroid Mission Rolls out to Pad for Oct. 16 Launch on ULA Atlas V: Photos

NASA Lucy Asteroid Mission Rolls out to Pad for Oct. 16 Launch on ULA Atlas V: Photos
NASA Lucy asteroid explorer spacecraft rolls out from the Vertical Integration Facility to launch pad 41 atop United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Oct 14, 2021. Liftoff targeted for Oct. 16, 2021 from pad 41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – NASA’s Lucy science probe has rolled out to the launch pad on the first ever mission to explore the Trojan asteroids – fossilized remnants leftover from the birth of our Solar System some 4.5 Billion years ago sharing Jupiter’s orbit. Lucy is launching pre-sunrise on Sat. Oct. 16

Lucy rolled out for liftoff bolted atop a United Launch Alliance ULA) Atlas V rocket starting from the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) out to launch pad 41 Thursday morning, Oct 14, standing on the Mobile Launch Platform on Florida’s Space Coast aiming to explore.

The ULA Atlas V was moved on rail tracks pushed by a pair of twin track mobiles about 1800 ft (600 m) starting about 10;40 a.m. ET.

NASA Lucy asteroid explorer spacecraft rolls out from the Vertical Integration Facility to launch pad 41 atop United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Oct 14, 2021. Liftoff targeted for Oct. 16, 2021 from pad 41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The Atlas V arrived at pad 41 about 40 minutes later at 11:20 a.m.

Enjoy our gallery of rollout photos taken for Space UpClose.

NASA Lucy asteroid explorer spacecraft rolls out to launch pad 41 atop United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Oct 14, 2021. Liftoff targeted for Oct. 16, 2021 from pad 41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Launch is scheduled for 5:34 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, just before sunrise on a ULA Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The launch opportunity runs until 6:49 a.m. on Oct. 16 and the overall launch window last just over three weeks.

NASA Lucy asteroid explorer spacecraft rolls out from the Vertical Integration Facility to launch pad 41 atop United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Oct 14, 2021. Liftoff targeted for Oct. 16, 2021 from pad 41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Weather outlook is currently 90% GO per US Space Force meteorologists

NASA’s Lucy is an ambitious probe unprecedented scope utilizing a ‘once-in-a-lifetime planetary launch window’ that will explore seven pristine Trojan asteroids orbiting ahead of and behind Planet Jupiter at the L4 and L5 Lagrange points and one main belt asteroid during a mission spanning 12 years.

 

NASA Lucy asteroid explorer spacecraft rolls out to launch pad 41 atop United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Oct 14, 2021. Liftoff targeted for Oct. 16, 2021 from pad 41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

 

Read our full story about the Lucy mission and goals and the cleanroom visit and photo gallery here.

NASA Lucy asteroid explorer spacecraft rolls out to launch pad 41 atop United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Oct 14, 2021. Liftoff targeted for Oct. 16, 2021 from pad 41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

 

 

NASA Lucy asteroid explorer spacecraft positioned between the two payload fairing halves of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket as seen on Sept. 29, 2021 at Astrotech Space Operations Center, Titusville, FL. Liftoff targeted for Oct. 16, 2021 from pad 41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

My photos of Lucy in the clean room have been featured on WFTV ABC 9 Orlando in multiple broadcasts leading up to launch.

https://www.wftv.com/news/local/lucy-mission-launch-set-saturday-has-90-favorable-weather-conditions/5C6XPMGN4BDXFNO3ARRX6GEEQY/

My rollout photos have been featured on WKMG CBS 6 Orlando

Ken Kremer interview on ‘Stay Curious’ space show Oct. 6 at the American Space Museum, Titusville, Florida.

 

Ken is onsite at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for reporting about the Lucy mission

Watch Ken’s continuing reports about Lucy Asteroid mission, Blue Origin and Space Tourism, SpaceX Cargo and Crew Dragons, Artemis and NASA missions, SLS, Orion, SpaceX  Starlink, Commercial Crew and Starliner and Crew Dragon and onsite for live reporting of upcoming and recent SpaceX and ULA launches including Crew 1 & 2 & 3, ISS, Solar Orbiter, Mars 2020 Perseverance and Curiosity rovers, NRO spysats and national security missions and more at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics.
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Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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