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Has Lucy's solar panel been fully deployed yet?

Shortly after launch, one of the two solar panels on spacecraft Lucy didn't fully deploy. Has the Lucy team managed to finish deployment since? If not, will there be any more attempts to deploy it?
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Why are Jupiter's trojans even remotely stable?

The spacecraft Lucy is en route to explore Jupiter's trojan asteroids. Lucy is so named because the trojan asteroids are believed to be fossil remnants from the formation of the solar sytem. ...
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Extended mission options for Juno?

Juno has been given several mission extensions, the last (and most exciting) of which involves close passes to three of the Galilean satellites, also allowing them to trim its orbit every time, and ...
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When was Lucy's mission first scripted in Excel and why is that what Lockheed Martin chose to do it with?

CNBC's NASA spacecraft launches toward Jupiter asteroids on an intricate path charted by Excel Years before Lucy took off, Lockheed Martin mission architect Brian Sutter used Excel to chart the ...
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Is Lucy fueled with hydrazine and liquid oxygen?

On Sept. 18, propulsion engineers finished filling Lucy’s fuel tanks with approximately 1,600 pounds (725 kilograms) of liquid hydrazine and liquid oxygen, which make up 40% of the mass of the ...
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In what year was asteroid Donaldjohanson chosen as a target for Lucy?

Asteroid 52246 Donaldjohanson was officially named in 2015. Was it chosen as a target for Lucy before being named?
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What will Lucy do for power during its first hour after launch?

Based on When will Lucy deploy its solar panels?, I learned that Lucy will unfold its solar arrays 1 hour after launch. How will it be powered during this hour? Does it have batteries that are charged ...
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When will Lucy deploy its solar panels?

The Lucy spacecraft has wide solar arrays that are folded up for launch. It will then deploy them once in space. At what moment of the Lucy mission (2021) will its solar arrays be deployed? As soon as ...
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What took it so long to plan a exploration mission for Trojan asteroids?

There are space probes that flew past asteroids, some came close to it, some orbited and some landed on it and took samples. Those asteroids belonged in the main belt. Now, Lucy will become one of the ...
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Where can I read about Lucy's complete propulsion system?

Wikipedia's /Lucy (spacecraft) says nothing of propulsion, and it's SWRI home page for the spacecraft http://lucy.swri.edu/mission/Spacecraft.html gives specification and enumerates what's on Lucy’s ...
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How will Lucy "make use" of a deep space atomic clock?

The entry for Lucy in Wikipedia's Selection of Discovery Mission 13 and 14; Finalists says: The mission will make use of the Deep Space Atomic Clock.81 81https://www.universetoday.com/122822/...
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What propulsion will Lucy use for its deep space maneuvers?

The Lucy trajectory described in several excellent answers to this question involves a number of fairly large (in delta-V terms) deep space maneuvers, totalling (same source) about 1.5 km/s over ...
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How well can the orbits of Jupiter Trojans to be visited by Lucy be predicted?

The orbits of the large planets are very well known and their position may be precisely predicted for the planning of complex swing by maneuvers of interplanetary space probes. There are exact ...
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How good are Lucy's cameras? Improvements since New Horizons?

In the question Where is Lucy going? (asteroid mission) I've asked for more clarification on the trajectory of the Lucy mission's trajectory. I believe that Lucy will simply do a close fly-by of each ...
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Where is Lucy going? (asteroid mission)

On Halloween (31-Oct-2018) NASA Goddard announced that Lucy has a green light: NASA’s Mission to Jupiter’s Trojans Given the Green Light for Development All I have are these links which are now ...
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