JUNO spacecraft

JUNO spacecraft

Courtesy of NASA

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html



Overview
Juno is a solar-powered spacecraft that is on a 5-year journey to Jupiter to gather data about the formation of that planet and to help us learn more about the origin of the solar system.


Launch
August 5, 2011


Arrival
July, 2016


End of Mission
(scheduled end) July, 2017


Goals
Build on the results of previous missions and provide new information to help determine how, when, and where this giant planet formed. Collect data from highly elliptical polar orbits (traveling over the north pole to the south pole and back to the north pole) that skim only 5,000 km above the planet’s atmosphere. Improve our understanding of the origin of the solar system.


Findings
No findings yet.