Mission Update: A Successful First Juno Flyby

Juno captures a glimpse of Jupiter's North Pole. 
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

On August 27th, NASA’s Juno spacecraft made its closest scheduled approach to Jupiter during the first of 36 flybys.  Traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 kilometers per hour), the spacecraft collected data from an altitude of 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above the planet’s cloudy surface. During the flyby, all of Juno’s …

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Hello Jupiter! NASA’s Juno Mission to Explore the Planet Soon Begins

Artistic portrayal of Juno and Jupiter. Image credit: NASA.

Hello Jupiter! This Independence Day not only marks the formation of the United States of America, but also the day NASA’s Juno spacecraft will reach Jupiter.  After nearly five years and 1,740 million miles (20 meters), Juno will be pulled into orbit around the gas giant, beginning its year and …

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