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Juno Spacecraft, Unlocking Jupiter's Secrets

In Greek and Roman mythology, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief. It was Jupiter's wife, the goddess Juno, who was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter's true nature. The Juno spacecraft will also look beneath the clouds to see what the planet is up to, not seeking signs of misbehavior, but helping us to understand the planet's structure and history.

Mission Timeline

  • Launch - August 5, 2011
  • Deep Space Maneuvers - August/September 2012
  • Earth flyby gravity assist - October 2013
  • Jupiter arrival - July 2016
  • Spacecraft will orbit Jupiter for 20 months (37 orbits)
  • End of mission (deorbit into Jupiter) - February 2018

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