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On August 5th 2011, perched atop an Atlas V rocket, the Juno spacecraft launched and began a new phase of it's journey to explore the planet Jupiter and the origins of our solar system. On July 4th 2016 the probe is scheduled to enter orbit around Jupiter, here's a round-up of what you'll want to know to follow along.
Watch the events unfold live on NASA TV:
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July 4th - 12 PM (Eastern) - Final NASA media briefing on Juno orbital insertion at Jupiter
July 4th - 10:30 PM (Eastern) - Live coverage of the Juno orbital insertion at Jupiter
July 5th - 1:00 AM (Eastern) - Post Juno orbital insertion NASA science briefing
(Full listing of live events on NASA TV)
Note: There won't be live video of the orbital insertion as Juno's camera will be powered off so all the resources on the spacecraft can focus on navigation.
JunoCam "The Peoples Jupiter Camera" is offering unprecedented insights in more than one way:
The Juno spacecraft will spend 20 months orbiting Jupiter, getting as close as 3000 Miles (5000 Kilometers) to the top of Jupiter's clouds and JunoCam will offer never before seen detail of the largest planet in our solar System. In an unprecedented level of public involvement the Southwest Research Institute in partnership with NASA is inviting us to vote on what this camera will photograph and will sharing the raw data with the public through the JunoCam website.
If you'd like to learn more about the Juno mission, here are some great resources for you to explore:
- Planetary Radio (Podcast): JunoCam, The People's Jupiter Camera - A deep dive into JunoCam, planetary scientist Candy Hansen discusses the details of JunoCam and how you can help decide what it will view.
- Planetary Radio (Podcast): Countdown to Jupiter - Interview with principal investigator on the Juno mission, Scott Bolton.
- Mission Juno (Website) - One of the primary websites for the Juno mission, contains a mission timeline, JunoCam data, and more.
- Juno's home on NASA (Website) - Here you will find media resources, videos, photos, and a mission overview.