Five Years in the Making: Juno Spacecraft to Orbit 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: