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NASA’s asteroid surveyor snapped stunning shots of Earth and the Moon before heading to Jupiter’s Trojans

NASA’s Lucy mission performed the first of three planned slingshot maneuvers around Earth this month to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, but the spacecraft made sure to snap some great photos of the Earth and Moon before retreating into deep space.

The images, taken on October 13 and 15 as Lucy began her approach to Earth for a gravity-assisted speed boost on Oct. 16, are more functional than a few simple snapshots. Images were taken to help calibrate LucyThe Terminal Tracking Camera (T2CAM) system, which includes two identical cameras that the spacecraft will use to locate and track the target asteroids as he speeds along.

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