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Juno Mission Arrives At Jupiter July 4 (Video)

Artist's illustration of Juno at Jupiter.(IMAGE: NASA/JPL-CALTECH

A spacecraft is speeding toward Jupiter for a mission that will ultimately end in a fiery plunge into the giant planet now has a dramatic trailer to match.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which launched to space in 2011, will make it to Jupiter on July 4, flying within 2,900 miles of the tops of the largest planet in the solar system’s clouds, according to the space agency.

Closest Ever To Jupiter

“At this time last year our New Horizons spacecraft was closing in for humanity’s first close views of Pluto,” Diane Brown, Juno program executive at NASA said in a statement. “Now, Juno is poised to go closer to Jupiter than any spacecraft ever before to unlock the mysteries of what lies within.”

Juno is designed to stare deeply at Jupiter, figuring out exactly what’s going on in the huge planet’s thick atmosphere and even investigate its structure, auroras and magnetosphere, NASA said.

The new trailer walks space fans through what will be Juno’s intense attempt at getting into orbit around Jupiter.

By Miriam KramerMashable, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, June 18, 2016 


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