BEACON TRANSCRIPT –It would seem that space is not the final frontier after all. This is what the intrepid spacecraft Juno wants to demonstrate. Recently, the ground control from NASA announced that the flying space lab will soon pack up its stuff in order to head on over to Jupiter. Juno prepares to set course to Jupiter, where it is expected to arrive on the 4th of July.
The intrepid spacecraft shouted “Anchors aweigh!” and is now preparing to set on yet another voyage of discovery. Presently, Juno, the flying space lab, that is also a record holder, is stationed at approximately 492 million miles from Earth.
As the spacecraft prepares for the long journey ahead, ground control has begun to fine-tune the spacecraft. For this reason, NASA is presently conducting engine burns and course correction. According to Scott Bolton, Juno’s father, so to say, according to their calculations, the space lab will enter into a standard orbit with the largest planet in our Solar System on the 4th of July, at approximately 8:18 p.m.
We stated the fact that Juno is also a record holder. NASA’s spacecraft actually managed to snag the prize from ESA’s Rosetta last year, when it was crowned the first solar-power spacecraft that got so far inside the Solar System.
Historically speaking, the space lab was launched on the 5th of August 2011, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The massive space lab packs three 30-foot-long solar panels, which contain no more than 18.698 individual solar cells. Also, Juno is the first spacecraft which makes use of solar panels instead of radioisotope thermoelectric generators.
And here’s another fun fact about the space lab. Although the spacecraft managed to snag many prizes, when it comes to Jupiter, it would seem that someone managed to beat him to it. The first man-made craft that orbited around Jupiter was Galileo.
The space probe which came before Juno was used to analyze Jupiter’s surface between 1995 and 2003. With the old timer retired, Juno the junior is free to proceed with its missions.
According to NASA, once the space lab arrives, it will orbit Jupiter 33 times. It would seem that on its closest approach to the planet’s surface (3.100 feet), the space lab will be able to capture HQ pictures of the Jovian cloud tops.
As Juno prepares to set course to Jupiter, ground control still argues on the space lab’s mandate. According to their declarations, once Juno arrives near Jupiter it will be used to study the plant’s composition as well as its gravitational field.