NASA’s Lucy spacecraft just passed Earth on its way to Mars and won’t be back for another two years

Astronomers and skywatchers captured Lucy's near flyby of Earth on Sunday.

On Sunday, astronomers and skywatchers captured photographs and videos of NASA's Lucy spacecraft as it flew near to Earth.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has tweeted animations of Lucy's Earth flyby and mission.

Lucy will return to Earth in 2031 for another gravity assist pass to visit the trailing Jupiter Trojans in 2033.

In 2025, the spacecraft will pass Donaldjohanson, a main belt asteroid.

In 2027, Lucy will join the ranks of Jupiter's most prominent Trojans.

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