The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) yet again amazed the world with its new discoveries about the planet Jupiter.

The spacecraft, Juno, successfully entered the orbit of Jupiter on July 4, 2016 (Monday), 11:53 pm EDT. Juno is a space probe with a goal of orbiting the planet Jupiter and know more about the components of the said planet, how was the planet formed, and what lies in this gas giant planet.

“With Juno, we will investigate the unknowns of Jupiter’s massive radiation belts to delve deep into not only the planet’s interior, but into how Jupiter was born and how our entire solar system evolved.”, NASA administrator Charlie Bolden said.

The space probe, Juno, first launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on August 5, 2011. It is a part of the New Frontiers Program.

Numerous photos and images have already been released for the public people to see. The images taken by the spacecraft shows the planet up-close and a photo showing the planet with its three moons – Io, Ganymede, and Europa.

The spacecraft, like any other mission, also experiences difficulties and a flaw in the system. Due to the harsh environment, some instruments of the spacecraft tends to be damaged. That is why the spacecraft cannot get completely close to the planet, because of these given circumstances and factors.

Juno Mission is on a 20-month operation and duty of identifying and observing the planet’s components and atmosphere. After the mission is over, the spacecraft will be plunged into the atmosphere of Jupiter and intentionally burn up. This is to be done to avoid the spacecraft from crashing into any other moons.


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