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 [...]
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 [...]
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.