Success Behind NASA's Juno Spacecraft
NASA’s Juno spacecraft was launched on 5th August 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program in Huntsville managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate. Juno’s main aim is to understand the evolution and origin of Jupiter. Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, measure the amount of water, map Jupiter’s intense magnetic field and ammonia in the deep atmosphere. The mission will make us take a step forward in understanding how the giant planets form in the solar system. Jupiter is the first formed planet in our solar system. It helps us to understand the gas giant’s origin which is the key to learning how planets and planetary systems take shape.
After a journey of five years, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has successfully entered into the orbit of our solar system’s largest planet and it has travelled for 1.8 billion miles over five years en route to Jupiter. NASA’s administrator said that we would investigate the unknowns of Jupiter’s massive radiation belts not only the planet’s interior, but also how Jupiter was born and how our entire solar system evolved. NASA is also running the live stream of Juno spacecraft’s mission.
The success of orbit insertion was confirmed by Juno’s tracking data monitored at the navigation facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California. As well as at the Lockheed Martin Juno operations centre in Littleton, Colorado. The tracking data and telemetry were received by NASA’s Deep Space Network antennas in California, Goldstone and Canberra, Australia. Juno’s project manager Rick Nybakken said that”The spacecraft worked perfectly, which is always good when you are driving a vehicle with 1.7 billion miles on the odometer”.
Juno’s mission teams will perform final testing on the spacecraft’s subsystems in next few months. “Our official science collection phase begins in October, but we have figured out a way to collect data a lot earlier than that,” said Bolton. “Which when you are talking about the single biggest planetary body in the solar system is a really large thing. There is a lot to see and do here.”
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