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Five Years in the Making: Juno Spacecraft to Orbit Jupiter

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The Juno spacecraft (launched on August 5th, 2011) will make a five-year, 400-million-mile voyage to Jupiter.

On July 4th, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will enter orbit around Jupiter, and it's been a long time in the making. An Atlas V rocket launched with the Juno spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 5, 2011. It's five-year, 400 million mile voyage to Jupiter will soon have it orbiting the planet to investigate its origin.

"The solar system is not this passive place, everybody settles exactly where they’ve been for a long time, but rather it’s a dynamic place where serious rearrangement has happened over time," says astronomy contributor and director of UWM's Manfred Olson Planetarium, Jean Creighton.

As NASA counts down the hours until Juno enters Jupiter's orbit, Creighton attests that the discoveries soon to be made are a very big deal for science:

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Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.
Dr. Jean Creighton has always been inspired by how the cosmos works. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Athens, Greece where her mother claims she showed a great interest in how stars form from the age of five. She studied physics at the University of Athens and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Waterloo. She began teaching astronomy at UW-Milwaukee in 1999 and in 2007, she took over as director of UWM's Manfred Olson Planetarium.