Juno probe closes in on Jupiter after five-year journey from Earth

Juno probe closes in on Jupiter after five-year journey from Earth
 

Scientists are preparing for a bumpy ride as they send a spacecraft perilously close to Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.
The Juno probe is due to reach the gas giant on 4 July after a five-year, 1.4bn-mile journey from Earth.
It will enter a long polar orbit flying to within 2,900 miles (4,600km) of the planet’s swirling cloud tops. No previous spacecraft has orbited so close to Jupiter, although two others have been sent plunging to their destruction through its atmosphere.
To complete its risky mission Juno will have to survive a circuit-frying radiation storm generated by... read more

 
7 March 2018 in Science &Technology, Views: 42
Source: Guardian
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