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Spaceship Ideas Inspired by NASA’s Asteroid Lucy Mission to Try at Home

NASA’s Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids is scheduled to launch soon, with the agency pointing to a window that opens on Saturday (October 16). Here at Space.com, we take a quick look at some Lucy-inspired craft activities that might help you keep busy as you eagerly await liftoff.

There are a number of fun and educational crafting activities available on Lucy’s page maintained by the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado, home of the mission’s principal investigator. For example, you can find printable instructions and templates for making your own paper model of the Lucy spaceship, details on how to make a Lucy mission snowflake, and even printable Lucy asteroid collectible cards. There are also several Lucy flyby posters that you can download as a souvenir of the mission.

Related: Learn About The 8 Asteroids NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft Will Visit

Lucy’s team has also invited everyone to follow the mission on its 12-year journey and participate in the “Lucy Time Capsule.” How will you remember the mission? NASA wants you to showcase the agency on social media using the hashtag #LucyTimeCapsule. Every time Lucy completes a mission milestone, you can add something to your time capsule and see how you and the world have changed throughout the mission.

You will not be the only one participating; Lucy carries her own time capsule in the form of a plate with quotes and poems by composers, authors and poets. Lucy’s time capsule will embark on a powerful journey well beyond the 12-year mission, as the spacecraft will continue to venture between the Trojan asteroids and Earth for hundreds of thousands of years (at least), according to NASA.

With many of these activities to participate in, how will you celebrate Lucy’s journey to the Trojan asteroids?

I thought you could show my appreciation for the mission by knitting your own Lucy. Since there was a distinct lack of crochet patterns for this awesome spaceship, I created yours and was very happy with the results.

A close-up of NASA’s Lucy asteroid spacecraft in crochet form as crafted by Daisy Dobrijevic of All About Space. (Image credit: Daisy Dobrijevic / Space.com)

This crocheted Lucy comes with two eye-catching solar panels, a high-gain antenna on the back, and an adorable smile to boot. After seeing Lucy’s cartoon from NASA, Daisy appreciated how she brought the spaceship to life and thought it would be a good idea to do the same with her crocheted version. (You can see Daisy’s other crochet creations on Instagram @daisy_d_crochet.)

Lucy will embark on a monumental 12-year mission, during which she will visit an array of asteroids known as the Trojans. Lucy will analyze these asteroids and collect valuable data on their physical properties, including their geology, surface composition, and densities, and will also look for whether these asteroids have satellites of their own.

You can follow Daisy Dobrijevic on Twitter at @DaisyDobrijevic. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.

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