After reaching to farthest point into Jupiter’s orbit, Juno is now falling back
With the successful completion of another milestone, Juno has now stepped into the second phase of Jupiter’s orbit. After reaching the farthest point into the orbit, it is now falling back.
Now, the US space agency’s scientists have turned off all the equipments which will be activated once Juno will enter into biggest planet of our solar system. It will fall in the direction of the planet freely.
NASA launched Juno on 5 August 2011, and it arrived on Jupiter after nearly half decade after it.
According to Scott Bolton, Juno’s Principal Investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, from last about five years, they have been trying to reach the gas giant, and now, they are finally there. Bolton said that they are focused on starting dozens of flybys of the gas giant to get the science they are looking forward to.
The mission has been planned in a way that Juno needs to complete its one round around Jupiter by August 27 at 2,600 miles over the planet.
At the time of the orbit insertion, the science instruments of the spacecraft were turned off to make spacecraft operations simpler during the perfect maneuver, allowing the planet’s gravity to capture the spacecraft into orbit.
Rick Nybakken, Juno project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, said, “We’re in an excellent state of health, with the spacecraft and all the instruments fully checked out and ready for our first up-close look at Jupiter”.
With the beginning of the ‘get the science’ mission, the science instruments are going to start functioning to collect all the parameters of Jupiter. The data collected by the spacecraft will aid the NASA scientists in knowing the planet better.
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