Juno Scientists Prepare for Fifth Science Pass of Jupiter

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NASA’s Juno booster will make a fifth scholarship flyby over Jupiter’s puzzling cloud tops on Thursday, May 18, during 11 p.m. PDT (Friday, May 19, 2 a.m. EDT and 6:00 UTC). At a time of perijove (defined as a indicate in Juno’s circuit when it is closest to a planet’s center), a booster will have logged 63.5 million miles (102 million kilometers) in Jupiter’s circuit and will be about 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers) above a planet’s cloud tops.

This perspective of Jupiter, taken by a JunoCam imager of NASA’s Juno spacecraft, highlights Oval BA — a large charge famous as a Little Red Spot. Despite a unaccepted name, a Little Red Spot is about as far-reaching as Earth. The charge reached a stream distance when 3 smaller spots collided and joined in a year 2000.

Juno launched on Aug. 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and arrived in circuit around Jupiter on Jul 4, 2016. During a goal of exploration, Juno soars low over a planet’s cloud tops — as tighten as about 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) During these flybys, Juno is probing underneath a obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and study a auroras to learn some-more about a planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages a Juno goal for a principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. The Juno goal is partial of a New Frontiers Program managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for a Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built a spacecraft. JPL is a multiplication of Caltech in Pasadena, California.

Source: JPL

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