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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Successfully Completes Jupiter Flyby

Juno will improve our understanding of the solar system's beginnings by revealing the origin and evolution of Jupiter.

Specifically, Juno will…

  • Determine how much water is in Jupiter's atmosphere, which helps determine which planet formation theory is correct (or if new theories are needed)
  • Look deep into Jupiter's atmosphere to measure composition, temperature, cloud motions and other properties
  • Map Jupiter's magnetic and gravity fields, revealing the planet's deep structure
  • Explore and study Jupiter's magnetosphere near the planet's poles, especially the auroras – Jupiter's northern and southern lights – providing new insights about how the planet's enormous magnetic force field affects its atmosphere.

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

 

 

 

  • October 16, 2016
  • John De Plume