Liftoff!

Look: NASA's historic Lucy launch told in 9 images

The spacecraft is off to explore Jupiter’s ancient Trojan asteroids.

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At the crack of dawn on October 16, NASA launched its latest mission: Lucy.

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After a successful launch, the spacecraft set off for its ambitious mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.

It will explore a range of targets over the next 12 years.