Artist’s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft approaching Pluto and its system of moons. New Horizons is getting ready to emerge from its electronic hibernation on December 6, in order to begin its final preparations for the start of the Pluto encounter operations in January 2015. Image Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest […]
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.