back to article NASA's Lucy probe scores a threefer as it flies by first target in 12-year mission

Dinkinesh, the first asteroid encountered by NASA's Lucy spacecraft, is being orbited by a smaller binary pair, and is the first object of its kind to be found by astronomers. Initial images of Dinkinesh beamed back by the probe revealed a smaller space rock peeking out from behind it. Scientists were pleasantly surprised to …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    All sorts of strange things out there - but no diamonds?

    1. Francis Boyle

      I think the diamond planets/stars are just a little bit further out but nevertheless still count as being "in the sky".

      1. Richard 12 Silver badge

        Jupiter's core, possibly.

        Not particularly easy to access though, without igniting the gas giant.

        1. Atomic Duetto


          Attempt no landing on Europa

  2. anonymous boring coward Silver badge

    Are you sure they were shocked, and not just surprised?

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
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      Based on current speech mannerisms, I'm surprised they weren't "SUPER SHOCKED!!!"

  3. Peter Mount

    "Launched on October 16, Lucy will study Trojan asteroids."

    Just for clarity, Lucy was launched on October 16 2021 and not this October (2023) ;-)

    1. ThatOne Silver badge

      This phrase is much too vague anyway, and likely to be misunderstood.

      "Trojan asteroids" isn't a specific group of asteroids named "Trojan" (capital T), "trojan" is an adjective for asteroids sharing the orbit of a larger body (usually hanging around Lagrange point L5). AFAIK all planets have some, including Earth.

      The correct formulation would had been "will study Jupiter's trojan asteroids" (note the lower-case t).

      1. Peter Mount

        Yes trojan on it's own means for a specific planet not just Jupiter.

        Venus has 1 (temporary)

        Earth has 2 known at L4, none at L5

        Mars has 14

        Jupiter over 11 thousand

        Neptune 28

        Uranus 2

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Good grief

    Is that Lucy holding the ball for Charlie Brown?

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