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Niwot's Cathy Olkin sending Lucy to the sky


March 18, 2020

Emily Long

Planetary scientist Cathy Olkin next to a scale model of the Lucy space probe, which will launch in October 2021 as the first mission to study the Trojans asteroids near Jupiter. The real Lucy probe will be over 13 meters (45 feet) from tip to tip.

According to Cathy Olkin, a planetary scientist at Boulder's Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), "Probably you've never heard of Trojan asteroids. They don't really teach that in elementary school when you're learning about the planets."

Olkin, a Niwot local for the past 16 years, is dedicating much of her work to changing the knowledge base with respect to the Trojans. She is the deputy prin...

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