Monday, July 4, 2016

Juno, the space probe at Jupiter.

1. Juno has entered the big planet, Jupiter's atmosphere. With a series of complicated maneuvers triggered by the ground control, commencing with the firing of the main engine, the spacecraft will settle into a working orbit around the planet and begin its observations. It must have already settled in its orbit because it takes 48' for signals to travel from Juno back to earth!

How did the mission get its name?

2. Goddess Juno is the wife and sister of the Roman God, Jupiter.

Info - Jupiter.

3. It's a planet where Hydrogen and Helium are in abundance. Other interesting statistics are as

        (a) Diameter                                            142,984 km.
        (b) Size                                                    317 times the size of the earth.
        (c) Satellites                                             67.
        (d) Distance from the Sun                        5 times that of the Earth-Sun distance.
        (e) Core                                                    Thought to be made up of rocks but yet to be
        (f) The Red Spot on its face                     Called "Great Spot".

Vital Statistics of Juno, the Space Probe.

4. It's a part of the NASA's New Frontier Mission. Other info include:-

        (a) Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 05 Aug '11 and was to reach its
             'mission post' by 04 Jul '16.
        (b) Max Speed                   38,000 kmph.
        (c) Distance covered          290 crore kms.
        (d) Made by Lockheed Martin @ 1.1 Billion US $.


5. As the largest planet orbiting the sun, Jupiter has had a profound influence on the solar system but its origin remains a mystery. To learn how Jupiter formed and how it was evolved, Juno will study the gas giant's gravitational and magnetic fields and explore the swirling clouds that form the planet's colourful, trademark atmosphere. The spacecraft will also reveal what Jupiter is made of and how much of it is water.


Just another example of the wonder that science is!    

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