NASA funds five space missions for possible launch in 2020

Five possible space missions have been selected by NASA to receive preliminary funding, ahead of a possible launch as early as 2020. Each of the projects, chosen as part of NASA's long-running Discovery program, will receive $3 million with which their creators can hone their designs, conduct analysis, and refine their plans. Among those selected for this stage of funding are the Near Earth Object Camera (NEOCam), which promises to discover "ten times more near-Earth objects" than have been discovered so far, and "Lucy," which aims to scout Jupiter's Trojan asteroids to learn more about the birth of our solar system.

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