NASA’s Lucy asteroid spacecraft still has a wonky solar array as it flies through space

Three months after launch, a new NASA asteroid spacecraft is still getting settled into its life beyond Earth.

NASA’s Lucy mission launched Oct. 16 with a mission to explore the Trojan asteroids, which orbit the sun ahead of and behind Jupiter. No spacecraft has ever visited the Trojan asteroids, which scientists believe are “fossils” from the formation of the solar system. But soon after launch, although the rest of the spacecraft’s work has gone smoothly, the mission team realized that one of the spacecraft’s two large solar arrays hadn’t fully deployed.