NASA's Colorado-made Lucy space probe readies to start its 4 billion-mile asteroid chase Saturday

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NASA's Colorado-made Lucy space probe readies to start its 4 billion-mile asteroid chase Saturday

A spacecraft built and conceived in Colorado is scheduled to blast off before dawn Saturday, starting a 12-year, 4-billion-mile trip chasing rare asteroids and aiming to reveal secrets of the solar system’s origins. NASA’s Lucy probe, built in Jefferson County by Lockheed Martin Space, sits atop a 188-foot-tall rocket made by Centennial-based United Launch Alliance and is planned to launch at 3:34 a.m. Colorado time from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. If something delays liftoff, Lucy will have other chances to launch in coming days.