Juno spacecraft puts itself into orbit around Jupiter
- July 04
- Posted by: AerospaceU
- Category: Space,
Five years after its launch, NASA’s solar-powered Juno spacecraft arrives at Jupiter. With only one opportunity to get into orbit, Juno will spend 53 days around the gas giant.
Its mission is to collect data and images that could offer traces to the origins of our solar system and the formation of the planets and moons. The microwave emissions, gravity field and magnetic field will be measured, trying to offer a glimpse into the planet’s composition.
Once its orbits completed, Juno will dive into Jupiter’s atmosphere, burning in a suicidal approach, ensuring that it won’t contaminate any of the planet’s moons with microbial particles from Earth.
NASA will be covering the events today from the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. You can follow along by watching all of these events online:
Live coverage on orbit insertion day also will be available online via Facebook Live at: