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  • 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.

  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft to make closest approach of Jupiter August 27

    Jim SharkeyAugust 26th, 2016

    NASA's Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its primary mission on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 5:51 a.m. PDT (8:51 a.m. EDT; 12:51 GMT). Juno will be about 2,500 miles (4,200 kilometers) above the giant planet's swirling clouds at the moment of closest approach and traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 km/h) with respect to Jupiter.

  • Juno spacecraft sends first in-orbit view of Jupiter

    Jim SharkeyJuly 16th, 2016

    NASA recently released the first view of Jupiter taken by the Juno spacecraft since its July 4 arrival at the giant planet. JunoCam, the spacecraft's visible light camera, was turned on six days after Juno executed a 35-minute engine burn to place the vehicle in orbit around Jupiter. Juno will be in a position to take high-resolution images of Jupiter in late August.

  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft inserted into orbit above Jupiter

    Jim SharkeyJuly 5th, 2016

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, California, heralded the arrival of the Juno spacecraft in orbit above the gas giant Jupiter on July 4, 2016, at 8:18 p.m. PDT (11:18 p.m. EDT / 03:18 GMT on July 5). This was the culmination of an almost five-year journey through the black of space.

  • How much water is inside Jupiter? NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to find out

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 30th, 2016

    NASA’s Juno spacecraft is just a few days shy of its arrival at the Solar System’s biggest planet. The highly anticipated mission is about to take a peek into the real nature of Jupiter, hopefully providing new insights about the structure of this gaseous giant. Juno could be on the verge of redefining our current knowledge about what lies deep beneath Jupiter’s thick and violent atmosphere.

  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft closes in on Jupiter

    Jim SharkeyJune 18th, 2016

    NASA held a media briefing on Thursday, June 16, to discuss the July 4th arrival of the Juno spacecraft at Jupiter. As of Thursday, the solar-powered spacecraft, which is roughly the size of a basketball court, was 18 days and 8.6 million miles (13.8 million kilometers) from Jupiter.

  • Juno spacecraft nears July 4 rendezvous with Jupiter

    Jim SharkeyMay 27th, 2016

    NASA's Juno spacecraft is poised to arrive and enter into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, completing a nearly six-year-long voyage. Juno is scheduled to orbit the largest planet in the Solar System for 20 months as it studies Jupiter's atmosphere, interior, and magnetic fields.

  • Juno spacecraft breaks solar power distance record

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 14th, 2016

    NASA's Juno mission has broken the record for distance traveled by a solar-powered spacecraft. Juno reached this milestone at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, Jan. 13, when the spacecraft was approximately 493 million miles (793 million kilometers) from the Sun.

  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft on its way to unveil Jupiter’s mysteries

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 8th, 2015

    The gas giant Jupiter safeguards many secrets crucial to our understanding of the evolution of our solar system. It could also provide insights on how giant planets form and the role these titans played in putting together the rest of the solar neighborhood. NASA’s Juno spacecraft is on its way to reveal those mysteries as […]

  • Choices: NASA FY 2015 budget – ISS, Russia, SLS, Commercial Crew, SOFIA

    Jason RhianMarch 5th, 2014

    A teleconference was held on March 4, 2014, with representatives from NASA who went over the various aspects of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal. During which the turmoil in the Crimea, the asteroid retrieval mission, Dennis Tito’s request for an SLS and Orion for his Inspiration Mars effort, and the end of SOFIA were all […]

  • Juno and LADEE succeed despite shutdown

    Jim SiegelOctober 17th, 2013

    While Congress and the White House continued their stalemate that caused a partial shutdown of the federal government and most of NASA, two NASA space probes achieved milestones in pursuit of their ultimate mission goals.  Juno, launched two years ago into a counter-intuitive slingshot orbit, flew back near Earth as it proceeds to its destination, […]

  • Juno set to soar past Earth on its way to Jupiter

    Jason RhianOctober 8th, 2013

    The Earth will encounter a close pass tomorrow, Oct. 9, 2013, not from an asteroid or from a comet, but rather from the Juno spacecraft on its way to the gas giant Jupiter. Closest approach is estimated at being about 350 miles above the coast of South Africa at 3:21 p.m. EDT (12:21 PDT / […]