NASA believes some asteroids may come with a surprise
At the turn of the epochs, when the Earth was just born, not only the great gas giant Jupiter and red Mars roamed nearby in the near space, but also a huge number of rocky fragments of different size and density. Most of all in the young Solar Universe flying fragments of frozen water. All this splendor of boulders of different sizes revolved in orbit around the Sun. If there is now something similar in the asteroid community, then such objects can rightly be called bricks from which the rocky planets were collected. Those asteroids, which for a number of reasons did not become part of the larger planets were subsequently thrown out of the main ring of planets. Those same asteroids which are in a stable point in space, where they are immune to the gravitational forces of Jupiter and the Sun, yet in a stable condition revolve in their orbits. These asteroids for many millions of years have not changed, and if you study them, you can learn a lot about the period of formation of our planet, to know everything that happened at least at the level of formation of planets 4 billion years ago.
The topic is interesting and NASA decided to study it more actively, for this purpose, they are going to launch a mission called Lucy . From the Earth starts a probe that will visit six asteroids in a stable point of space, where they are more than one million years. These asteroids are also called"Jupiter`s Trojan asteroids". A lot to learn will not work, but what is on the agenda and that there is an opportunity to learn science soon learns. And already on the basis of the data obtained, the scientific world will make a model of the development of our planet and the planets of the Solar system at the initial stage of evolution.
The asteroids that NASA wants to study revolve around the Sun along the same trajectory as Jupiter, but do not catch up with the gas giant on each side by 120 degrees, so in the orbit of Jupiter rotates two clouds of Trojan asteroids. If you imagine how these clouds are located, it will be clearer to imagine an equilateral triangle in the corners of the base of which will be located these clouds with Trojan asteroids.
Scientists will provide asteroids with special equipment for observation and analysis of the surface of these Trojan asteroids. Scientists would like to know more precisely the reason that the reflecting ability of these asteroids is very small, they are almost completely black, only 5% of the light flux is reflected on them, all the rest of the energy goes to heating. Can be on the surface a lot of free carbon, and as you know he is black?. If this is so, then there may still be organic substances, and if they are found, they hang out there for at least one billion years. Before the launch of the mission Lucy is not long, the start is scheduled for October 2021
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