Juno is now orbiting Jupiter! What is its mission and what are some of the dangers Juno might face during the 20-month expedition?
“Juno’s principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars.”
Juno Mission Feels Jupiter’s Gravitational Hug
“In the case of NASA’s next mission to Jupiter, which has been coasting through space since its launch on Aug. 5, 2011, it has used Earth as a valuable gravity boost and been guided on its orbit by the sun’s gravitational field. But as of tomorrow, the most dominant gravity Juno will feel will be Jupiter’s and it will stay that way until its mission ends.”
‘Welcome to Jupiter!’ NASA’s Juno Space Probe Arrives At Giant Planet
“NASA says it has received a signal from 540 million miles across the solar system, confirming its Juno spacecraft has successfully started orbiting Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.”
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