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Juno Launched Three Years Ago (Aug. 5, 2011) on Five-Year Journey to Discover Jupiter’s Genesis

Juno three-year anniversary since blastoff on Aug. 5, 2011. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Story updated

It’s three down and two to go for NASA’s Jupiter-bound Juno probe, which marks a major milestone today, Aug. 5, celebrating its launch exactly three years ago—on Aug. 5, 2011—from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a journey to discover [...]

JUNO Returns to Earth Wednesday for Critical Gravitational Slingshot to Jupiter

An artist’s concept of JUNO’s approach to Earth for an Oct. 9 gravity-assist maneuver. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Aug. 5, 2011, United Launch Alliance sent NASA’s JUNO spacecraft on a five-year trip to visit our Solar System’s largest planet—Jupiter. Problem is, Jupiter is so far, and the 8,000-pound solar-powered JUNO is so heavy, that [...]

Juno Mission Passes Halfway Mark to Jupiter

Spectators crowd the shoreline as an Atlas 5 rocket launches NASA’s Juno spacecraft to Jupiter in August 2011, as photographed from Playalinda Beach. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

Twenty-four months since its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., NASA’s Juno mission officially passed the halfway point in a five-year journey to Jupiter yesterday [...]

NASA to Provide European Space Agency Ingredients for its JUICE

NASA will be contributing to the European Space Agency’s JUICE mission to the icy worlds of Jupiter. Image Credit: ESA

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission will gain three key contributions from NASA. The mission, slated to launch in 2022, is set to explore the gas giant as well [...]

Juno Makes Deep Space Maneuver to Set Up Earth Encounter

An artist’s depiction of the Juno probe at Jupiter. Image Credit: JPL

The Juno probe to Jupiter has fired its engine to refine its trajectory to bring it back to Earth, not permanently, just for a gravity assist.

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Aerojet at 70: Humble Beginnings, Heady Future

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Seventy years ago this week, the aerospace company, Aerojet, was founded. Based out of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) the fledgling firm was started by Dr. Theodore von Kármán and five of his colleagues. The company’s formative [...]

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s ‘Then & Now’ Tour

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Bill Blakeney knows a thing-or-two about the history of Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As a “communicator” with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – he has to. Blakeney is one of the tour guides that work to inform the 1.2 million guests that visit [...]

Third Time the Charm for U.S. Navy’s MUOS-1 Satellite on ULA Atlas V

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 thunders off of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-41 SLC-41 at 5:15 p.m. EST. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station were thankfully clear of both high winds and threatening clouds before United Launch Alliance (ULA) [...]

What Does it Take to Send MUOS-1 to Orbit?

The U.S. Navy is hoping that all will go according to plan and at 5:46 p.m. EST these MUOS-1 satellite will be sent to orbit to begin its mission. What are some of the things that has to happen before the "big day" arrives"? Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere

So you got a spacecraft [...]

Opinion: Pratt Whitney: Smoke & Fire – Not Smoke & Mirrors

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has released this video detailing the company’s involvement in many successful launches last year. The video points out that while others were “talking” about launch – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s engines have been launching. The point the firm makes is clear, while others have been releasing slick videos, PowerPoint presentations and promises about what [...]