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NASA Re-plans Juno’s Jupiter Mission

Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:56 pm

NASA has approved an update to Juno’s science operations until July 2021. This provides for an additional 41 months in orbit around Jupiter and will enable Juno to achieve its primary science objectives.  Juno is in 53-day orbits rather than 14-day orbits as initially planned because of a concern about valves on the spacecraft’s fuel system. This longer orbit means that it will take more time to collect the needed science data.

An independent panel of experts confirmed in April that Juno is on track to achieve its science objectives and is already returning spectacular results.  The Juno spacecraft and all instruments are healthy and operating nominally.

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Re: NASA Re-plans Juno’s Jupiter Mission

Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:58 pm


Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

During its continued mission, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will maintain its 53-day polar orbit around Jupiter.

At its closest, Juno passes within 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) of Jupiter’s cloud tops once during each 53-day orbit.

At the high end of each orbit, Juno is about 5 million miles (8-million kilometers) from the planet – which is just beyond the orbit of the Jovian moon Themisto.

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Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:59 pm



Mission to Jupiter | NASA's Juno Spacecraft

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Re: NASA Re-plans Juno’s Jupiter Mission

Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:01 pm



What has NASA's Juno discovered around Jupiter so far?

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