NASA’s Lucy in the sky with asteroids

Named after the fossilized, early hominid Australopithecus who became an iconic symbol of humans’ ancient ancestry, the Lucy probe is equipped with a plaque aimed at future humans who might one day find her remains orbiting the sun. It’s covered with quotations and song lyrics, many from band members of the Beatles. When anthropologists dug up Lucy’s skeleton in the 1970s — the oldest ever found at the time — they christened her after singing the band’s song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”


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