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NASA launches its Lucy spacecraft to study the Jupiter Trojan asteroids

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NASA’s Lucy space probe launched successfully from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Saturday; the beginning of a 12-year mission to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.

 

The uncrewed spacecraft lifted off at 5:34AM ET aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

 

Lucy sent its first signal to Earth from its own antenna to NASA’s Deep Space Network at 6:40AM ET.

 

Scientists believe the Trojan asteroids, which orbit the Sun along the same path as Jupiter, may hold clues about the formation of our solar system.

 

It’s NASA’s first-ever single-spacecraft mission to explore so many different asteroids, the agency said.

 

Lucy is named for the fossilized human skeleton discovered in Ethiopia in 1974; which provided key insights into human evolution.

 

The fossil got her name from the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds;” which was playing at the site where excavators found her.

 

NASA says Lucy the spacecraft will provide insights into our evolution much the way her fossil counterpart did, only this time on a planetary scale.

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Lucy is on a complicated trajectory that will include three trips back toward Earth for gravity assists.

 

First, Lucy will orbit the Sun and then head back toward Earth next year for a gravity assist.

 

That will accelerate and direct the craft’s trajectory beyond Mars’ orbit; when Lucy will head back toward Earth again for another gravity assist in 2024.

 

This will help propel the craft toward the Donaldjohanson asteroid in 2025; after that Lucy will head toward the Trojan asteroids, arriving in 2027.

 

Then, after four targeted fly-bys, Lucy will head back to Earth for a third gravity assist in 2031; which will propel it toward the Trojans for another encounter in 2033.

 

“We started working on the Lucy mission concept early in 2014, so this launch has been long in the making,” Hal Levison; Lucy principal investigator with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) said in a statement.

 

“It will still be several years before we get to the first Trojan asteroid, but these objects are worth the wait and all the effort because of their immense scientific value. They are like diamonds in the sky.”

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Couple, Two Others Killed As Nigerian University Students Organise Car Racing Contest

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A couple and two students have been killed during a car racing contest embarked upon by some students of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.

According to Daily Trust, the incident occurred around 9pm at Ijalala Junction on Monday inside the university campus when the couples were heading home.

The wife was a non-teaching staff of the university from the Faculty of Communication and Information Science (CIS) whose name was given as Mrs Shakirat, while her husband was said to be a shuttle bus operator within the university.

The accident involved a Toyota Lexus Saloon, the bus and another car driven by another student who is presently at large.

It was learnt that the Toyota Lexus had a head-on collision with the bus resulting in the death of the couple, the driver of the Lexus and another student inside.

The other vehicle they raced with and students inside are still at large.

A National Youth Service Corps member and another student inside the bus were said to have sustained injuries.

A joint release by the president and public relations officer of the university’s Students Union Government (SUG), Toafiq Waliu Opeyemi and Olabode Stephen Opeyemi, respectively, said the unfortunate incident happened as a result of excessive speeding.

The University in a statement by the Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, in a statement, said that the management received the news with sadness.

“We hereby enjoin all vehicle users to strictly abide by traffic rules and regulations, especially as they concern speed limits,” the statement added.

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COVID-19: Vaccination card compulsory for attending social gathering – Sanwo-Olu

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The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says that the presentation of the COVID-19 vaccination card is now compulsory for attendees of social gatherings in the state.

Mr Sanwo-Olu said this on Tuesday on the update of the management of Coronavirus in the state.

He said that as a measure of curbing the spread of the disease, every attendee of a social gathering MUST present their vaccination cards or digital bar code page showing at least first dose but preferably double dose full vaccination.

According to him, in unvaccinated people, a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) within 72 hours will be an exemption.

“All social events must be duly registered to obtain Event Safety Clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission website: www.lasgsafetyreg.com prior to holding; and the guidelines set out below must be strictly adhered to.

“Where possible, events should be held outdoors and occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 60 per cent of the maximum design capacity of the event centre.

“Everybody, irrespective of vaccination status, MUST be subject to Rapid Diagnostic test (Antigen) to be conducted at the event venue or within 24hrs prior to the event at designated laboratories. (Request for rapid tests at the venue requires an application through the Safety Commission),” he said.

READ ALSO:  COVID-19: Nigeria to deport foreigners without PCR test result – Official

The governor said that since the persons under 18 years of age were unvaccinated, their temperature should be checked and persons with high temperatures (above 37.5) would be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on ground.

He said that all guests and service providers at the event must wear a nose mask or face shield before entry and must endeavour to wash their hands before entering the venue or use hand sanitisers after which temperature checks should be carried out.

“Despite the huge financial obligation and constraints associated with managing this pandemic, our administration will continue to do everything within its power to ensure the preservation of the lives and livelihood of residents of Lagos State.

“I implore all residents of Lagos to comply with all guidelines and join hands with the government in the management of this pandemic,” the Incident Commander said.

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The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says that the presentation of the COVID-19 vaccination card is now compulsory for attendees of social gatherings in the state.

Mr Sanwo-Olu said this on Tuesday on the update of the management of Coronavirus in the state.

He said that as a measure of curbing the spread of the disease, every attendee of a social gathering MUST present their vaccination cards or digital bar code page showing at least first dose but preferably double dose full vaccination.

According to him, in unvaccinated people, a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) within 72 hours will be an exemption.

“All social events must be duly registered to obtain Event Safety Clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission website: www.lasgsafetyreg.com prior to holding; and the guidelines set out below must be strictly adhered to.

“Where possible, events should be held outdoors and occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 60 per cent of the maximum design capacity of the event centre.

“Everybody, irrespective of vaccination status, MUST be subject to Rapid Diagnostic test (Antigen) to be conducted at the event venue or within 24hrs prior to the event at designated laboratories. (Request for rapid tests at the venue requires an application through the Safety Commission),” he said.

READ ALSO:  COVID-19: Nigeria to deport foreigners without PCR test result – Official

The governor said that since the persons under 18 years of age were unvaccinated, their temperature should be checked and persons with high temperatures (above 37.5) would be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on ground.

He said that all guests and service providers at the event must wear a nose mask or face shield before entry and must endeavour to wash their hands before entering the venue or use hand sanitisers after which temperature checks should be carried out.

“Despite the huge financial obligation and constraints associated with managing this pandemic, our administration will continue to do everything within its power to ensure the preservation of the lives and livelihood of residents of Lagos State.

“I implore all residents of Lagos to comply with all guidelines and join hands with the government in the management of this pandemic,” the Incident Commander said.

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