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April 11, 2011

NASA's Jupiter-Bound Spacecraft Arrives in Florida

On April 8th, the solar-powered spacecraft Juno, which was created by NASA, arrived in Florida in order to begin the final preparations it needs before being launched into space this summer. The purpose of Juno's mission is to orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times in hopes of learning more about the structure, atmosphere, and magnetosphere of Jupiter which is one of the gas giants. Juno is supposed to be carried by the United Launch Alliance V rocket into space. The expected launch is August 5th; however, the window extends through August 26th. The rocket will be launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

I think that it is important that this mission is aimed to learn more about the gas giants such as Jupiter because we do not know a large amount of information about the gas giants already.

The full article can be found at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110410211919.htm

Posted by rmousigi at April 11, 2011 08:02 PM


I think that this is also exciting because it may provide us more information to use in assessing the possibility of life on Jovian moons. Jupiter's magnetosphere affects and is affected by its moons, and we know that the presence of a magnetic field around a moon may indicate the presence of a salty ocean to conduct electricity. Perhaps this mission will give us more clues about where to look for possible life on Jovian moons.

Posted by: emslade at April 11, 2011 09:36 PM

I think what NASA is intending to do with Juno is great. By orbiting Jupiter 33 times, Juno has the potential to offer some really great insights that we haven't had before. I agree with you; it does seem like there is much less information about the gas giants because they aren't as accessible. Hopefully this mission will provide a lot of new information about Jupiter and its moons!

Posted by: hallsar at April 15, 2011 11:01 PM

This mission is exciting and has the potential to provide us with a lot of new insight. Do you know more about the agenda of the spacecraft, it will be performing any fly-bys, etc?

Posted by: ecfo at April 18, 2011 12:54 AM

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