The Lucy mission will be the first spacecraft to visit a group of asteroids around Jupiter known as "the Trojans."
The new space-age building material that could be used for colonization of the Moon and Mars is based on a concept that is "literally blood-curdling."
"Since the launch of Chandrayaan-2 on July 22, 2019, not only India but the whole world watched its progress from one phase to the next with great expectations and excitement," India's Space Research Organisation (ISRO) wrote in a statement Saturday.
Schoolchildren grow seeds as part of the British astronaut's project.
The next class of astronauts could head to the ISS, fly on NASA's Orion or embark on a commercial crew spacecraft.