Discovering Jupiter’s origins
August 2, 2011 |
If the final Shuttle mission left you longing for more space news, don’t despair. NASA’s latest mission, set to launch this Friday, will find out more about the Solar System’s big daddy, Jupiter.
Taking a risky elliptical orbit will allow the Juno spacecraft to get up close and personal with the gas giant to gather information. By measuring gravity and water vapour, NASA scientists hope to reveal how and where the planet formed.
But it’ll be about five years before Juno gets cosy with Jupiter, so don’t expect answers too soon.
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