Friday Space Bytes, February 1, 2018: ULA to Fly Lucy, Rocket City USA Lecture Series, Pour Your Heart Out

Friday Space Bytes is a weekly roundup of North Alabama aerospace-related news.

Decatur Built ULA Atlas V Rocket To Power Lucy Mission To Jupiter‘s Trojan Asteroids

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket with the Juno spacecraft for NASA. Courtesy: ULA

United Launch Alliance announced on Thursday that NASA had selected the Atlas V rocket to launch their Lucy mission to study Jupiter’s swarm of Trojan asteroids.  The Lucy mission is scheduled to launch in October 2021 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. “We could not be more pleased that NASA has selected ULA to launch this amazing planetary science mission,” said Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and chief executive officer. “This mission has a once-in-a-lifetime planetary launch window, and Atlas V’s world-leading schedule certainty, coupled with our reliability and performance provided the optimal vehicle for this mission. Our Atlas V rocket has launched 79 times achieving 100 percent mission success, and we look forward to working again with our mission partners to explore our universe.”


Rocket City USA Lecture Series at Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

Courtesy: Huntsville Madison County Public Library

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, in conjunction with the Legacy and German-American Heritage Committees,  is joining the Apollo 50th celebration with a new year-long lecture series.  The series, Rocket City USA, tells the story of Operation Paperclip and its role turning Huntsville into the Rocket City.  On February 21st, the series focuses on family experiences of German rocket scientists upon their arrival in Huntsville in the 1950s.  You can catch each of the sessions at the Downtown Huntsville Library Auditorium at 6:00 pm. on the third Thursday of each month.  For a full listing of upcoming Rocket City USA lectures check out

Pour Your Heart Out at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Valentine’s Day Event

Courtesy U.S. Space & Rocket Center


Pour Your Heart Out at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Valentine’s Day Event

If you are searching for that perfect ever-lasting Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one and you aren’t ready to shell out $300,000 for a heart-shaped meteorite, consider USSRC’s Pour Your Heart Out event.  Taking place on Valentine’s Day, you and your sweetheart will be treated to live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a very special take-home keepsake.  Sloss Furnace’s metal sculptors will be on site to help you create a custom made cast iron tile that you get to personalize as a couple.  Tickets are $90 for a couple and $45 for an individual.  Ticket information and additional details at