The problem arose shortly after the spacecraft took off on October 16, on a 12-year journey.
After measuring the electric current this week, NASA reported Wednesday that one of the giant circular solar panels on the Lucy spacecraft is only 75-95% expanding, with a rope holding it in place and impeding its movement.
And any attempt to reopen the pavilion, which has a diameter of 7 meters, will not happen before mid-November.
NASA said the problem has not yet affected Lucy’s space flight, so there’s no need to rush to look for the next step, as everything else on the spacecraft is working properly.
The “Lucy” mission, which costs approximately one billion dollars, seeks to explore 7 asteroids called “Trojan”, which share the orbit of Jupiter around the sun, and another space rock closer to Earth, according to “rt”.
Lucy must pass within 965 km of each target.
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