Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has been chosenÂ toÂ supply instruments to NASA for a pair ofÂ Discovery-class missionsÂ that aim to explore asteroids that might help scientists understandÂ the earliest history of the solar system.
APL said Friday it will develop a high-resolution telescopic camera to support the LucyÂ mission, which will observe six primitive asteroids that orbit in tandem with Jupiter.
The labÂ will also provide a gamma ray and neutron spectrometer to help the Psyche mission detect, map and measure the elemental composition of the 16 PsycheÂ metallic asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
“Psyche is one of the few remaining unexplored frontiers of our solar system,” said David Lawrence, Psyche GRNS instrument and investigation lead.
Lawrence addedÂ that the data collected from APL’s GRNS will help ongoing efforts to research regarding mysteries of the world.
APL will base the instrument to be used for the Lucy mission on theÂ Long Range Reconnaissance ImagerÂ technology that helped NASA’s New Horizons spacecraftÂ takeÂ detailed, close-up views of Pluto and its moons in 2015.
The PsycheÂ GRNS instrument isÂ based on a GRNS the lab previously developed for the Mercury Surface, Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging mission under the Discovery program.