Saturday, August 6, 2011

Juno is Jupiter Bound!

Hey Space Placers!

NASA's newest planetary mission - Juno - lifted off yesterday at 12:25 p.m. EDT on an Atlas V and successfully separated from its Centaur upper stage - see artist impression below. The spacecraft will zoom past the Moon in one day and head towards Jupiter on a 5 year flight. Powered by the largest solar panels flown on an interplanetary spacecraft, Juno will orbit the poles of Jupiter 33 times over the course of a year and hopefully unlock the secrets beneath Jupiter's cloud tops. Read More About It:

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