This is What Juno Saw During Its Historic Approach to Jupiter

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 - 8:59AM
Space
Solar System
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 - 8:59AM
This is What Juno Saw During Its Historic Approach to Jupiter
While you might all be waking up feeling a little fatigued from your holiday weekend festivities, spare a thought for the team behind NASA's Juno spacecraft. Late last night, dozens of NASA and JPL's finest gathered to ensure their spacecraft successfully made it into orbit around Jupiter. But, after some well-earned, but brief celebrations, the team will be straight back to work as they begin months of testing and calibration of Juno's systems before it commences around 18 months of science operations in October.

While there lays a long path ahead of Juno and its team, the spacecraft's journey has already seen it travel well over 1 billion miles to reach its goal. For much of that journey the view might have been, shall we say, unremarkable. It's a long way from Earth to our Solar System's largest planet, and the route isn't exactly lined with landmarks. But as a new video from the Juno team shows, the final stages of the spacecraft's journey more than made up for the months of darkness.

During its final approach to Jupiter, Juno captured a timelapse of the gas giant with a number of its more notable satellites dancing around its orbit. Spanning the 7 million miles the spacecraft traveled between June 12th and June 29th, the video below features Io, potential hosts of alien life Europa and Ganymede, followed by Callisto all shining brightly as they orbit their anchor.

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