NASA’s Space Shuttle Juno Enters into Jupiter’s Orbit
Juno is a space research vehicle left on Earth from August 5, 2011, to study on the fifth planet of our solar system, Jupiter, by the American Space Research Council, NASA. Nearly after 5 years long journey, it was successful in reaching Jupiter on July 5, 2016. The estimated cost of this campaign is approximately 1.1 billion dollars.
It took about 5 years to reach Earth from Jupiter and took place in orbit around Jupiter on July 5, 2016, which will take it from the pole of that planet. The scientist will make it take 37 rounds of Jupiter, which will take up to February 2018. At this time, this vehicle will continue to circulate information about the texture, magnetic field and (somewhat) weather of the planet, to the Earth.
Nov 3 (IANS) NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent data confirming that it performed the eighth science flyby over Jupiter’s mysterious cloud tops on October 24, the US space agency said in a statement on Friday.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft, powered by solar energy, successfully achieved the first flight to Jupiter. Jupiter, which is called King of space planets, has passed over 4,200 kilometers above Jupiter. This is the first time that a man-made planet has reached such a close proximity to this planet. NASA said that for the first time on 27th August all the scientific instruments of Juno were found active and observant of the planet because the zoom technique of Juno was working.
Juno has passed a distance of 42,00 km from a huge gas-filled planet at a speed of 2,08,000 kilometers per hour. During this major mission, Juno will also be on the planet of Jupiter. Juno’s project manager Rick Nibakken in the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US said that after passing through Jupiter, initial analysis has indicated that everything happened according to plan and Juno is working with full efficiency.
Juno’s mission will end in February 2018 and during this time, it is planned to pass 35 more times near Jupiter. In the Southwestern Research Institute of San Antonio, Juno’s chief researcher Skart Ballton said that those people have received some complex initial data.
“There is no more exciting place to be than in orbit around Jupiter…our spacecraft is in great shape, and the team is looking forward to much more flybys of the solar system’s largest planet,” Hirst said.
During its mission of exploration, Juno soars low over the planet’s cloud tops — as close as about 2,100 miles (3,400 km).
During these flybys, Juno is probing beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and studying its auroras to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere, and magnetosphere.
The space station was launched from Florida on August 5, 2011, and it reached near Jupiter on July 4 this year.