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News Archive / Tagged: Jupiter

  • Enigma of Jupiter’s powerful auroras

    Ocean McIntyreSeptember 10th, 2017

    The processes that drive Earth's auroras are generally understood; however, this cannot be said of the powerful Jovian auroras observed by NASA's Juno spacecraft currently orbiting the gas giant planet.

  • Early science results from Juno spacecraft show ‘whole new Jupiter’

    Ocean McIntyreMay 26th, 2017

    During a May 25, 2017, press conference, NASA scientists released the first early results of science data gathered by the Juno spacecraft around Jupiter. Much of what has been found has scientists questioning everything they had previously believed was understood about the king of planets.

  • Juno spacecraft makes fifth science pass of Jupiter

    Jim SharkeyMay 24th, 2017

    NASA's Juno mission made a close flyby of the planet Jupiter on May 19, successfully completing the spacecraft's fifth science orbit of the gas giant. JunoCam and all of the spacecraft's science instruments were operating during the flyby. Juno's next close flyby, which will take it over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, will take place on July 11, 2017.

  • ESA’s JUICE spacecraft could detect water plumes erupting on Europa

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 29th, 2017

    ESA’s JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) mission to the Jovian system could easily confirm the presence of water on Europa, a new study finds. According to the research, it is feasible to detect water molecules (H2O) and water ions (H2O+) from the moon’s plumes during a flyby mission.

  • NASA approves instruments for ESA’s ‘JUICE’ mission

    Jim SharkeyApril 21st, 2017

    NASA's contributions to an upcoming European Space Agency mission have been moved from preliminary design to implementation phase. The "JUICE" mission is scheduled to launch in 2022 and arrive at Jupiter in Oct. 2029. JUICE will spend nearly four years investigating Jupiter's environment and its icy Galilean moons.

  • Juno heads for 5th flyby of Jupiter’s cloud tops

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 26th, 2017

    Less than nine months after entering orbit around Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft is set to conduct its fifth close flyby of the giant planet's cloud tops on Monday, March 27, 2017.

  • NASA’s Jupiter moon mission named ‘Europa Clipper’

    Jim SharkeyMarch 12th, 2017

    NASA announced on Thursday, March 9, that the space agency's upcoming mission to study the habitability of Jupiter's frozen moon Europa will be named the "Europa Clipper". The name harkens back to the wooden clipper ships that sailed Earth's oceans in the 19th century.

  • NASA’s flyby of Europa mission begins design phase

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 27th, 2017

    A NASA mission to investigate the habitability of Jupiter's moon Europa, scheduled for launch in the 2020s, recently completed a major NASA review. NASA's Europa multiple-flyby mission successfully completed its Key Decision Point-B review on February 15, allowing the mission to continue in its preliminary design phase, known as "Phase B", beginning on February 27.

  • Goals for NASA’s proposed Europa Lander begin to crystallize

    Curt GodwinFebruary 9th, 2017

    Members of a NASA Science Definition Team (SDT) recently completed a report on the science value for a proposed Europa lander and gave design recommendations for the notional explorer. The search for evidence life on the icy moon is near the top of the list.

  • NASA selects Lucy and Psyche for next Discovery missions

    Paul KnightlyJanuary 4th, 2017

    NASA announced in a news release its next Discovery-class missions will be Lucy and Psyche. The missions will study an array of unexplored asteroids, with Lucy embarking on a tour of Jupiter's Trojan asteroids and Psyche setting course for the metallic asteroid 16 Psyche.

  • Juno completes 3rd orbit, captures ‘pearl’

    Derek RichardsonDecember 14th, 2016

    Streaking by at about 129,000 mph (57.8 kilometers per second), NASA’s Juno spacecraft completed its third flyby some 2,580 miles (4,150 kilometers) over Jupiter's cloud tops. The close approach occurred at 12:04 a.m. EST (17:04 GMT) Dec. 11, 2016.

  • A first look at Jupiter through the eyes of Juno

    Mackenzie KaneOctober 29th, 2016

    As NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has taught us, finding planets around other stars is not uncommon – it is actually expected. However, what continues to puzzle scientists to this day is how the Solar System formed with terrestrial planets closest to the Sun and icy gas giants farther away, separated by an asteroid belt of planetary debris.

  • Juno spacecraft goes into safe mode prior to flyby

    Jim SharkeyOctober 20th, 2016

    NASA's Juno spacecraft entered safe mode on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10:47 p.m. PDT (Oct. 19 at 1:47 a.m. EDT / 05:47 GMT). For reasons that aren't fully known yet, a software performance monitor induced a reboot of the spacecraft's onboard computer. Juno restarted successfully and is healthy.

  • NASA: Europa may have plumes of water being jettisoned into space

    Jason RhianSeptember 26th, 2016

    NASA announced on Monday, Sept. 26, a discovery regarding the Galilean moon Europa. Hubble Space Telescope observations show the moon appears to be jettisoning plumes of water out into space.

  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures images of Jupiter’s poles

    Jim SharkeySeptember 4th, 2016

    On Friday, Sept. 2, NASA released the first images from the Juno spacecraft's close approach of Jupiter, which occurred on Aug. 27. The images include first-ever views of Jupiter's north pole showing storms and weather systems unlike any seen before on any of the Solar System's other gas-giant planets.