Jupiter Through the Eyes of Juno

In August of 2011 a NASA rocket
launch occurred. The rocket carried the Juno spacecraft on top of it and
hurtled it out into space. Ever since then, Juno has been traveling toward Jupiter.
In July of this year (July 4th to be precise), Juno will arrive and
settle into an orbit around the largest planet in our solar system where it
will begin analyzing Jupiter and sending information back to NASA scientists on
earth. It is expected that the spacecraft will orbit Jupiter for approximately
20 months and then be purposefully burned up in the upper atmosphere of the
planet. NASA scientists expect the craft to render information about the amount
of water in the atmosphere, measure cloud motions,
map Jupiter’s magnetic and gravity
fields, and explore the northern and southern lights of the planet.
Once again, NASA is on the verge of amazing discoveries. We
truly are in the golden days of planetary exploration. In 100 years people will
look back on this time and see that it was very significant to our
understanding of our place in the solar system. Humans have a healthy curiosity
about our world and our universe. This is as it should be. When we look down at
a blade of grass or look up into a starry sky, it is natural to wonder about how
these things are made and the material out of which they are made. It is
natural to ask questions about what is out there beyond what we can see with
our naked eyes. Let’s celebrate this latest NASA achievement.
Timeline of the Juno Mission

Dive in!

Join The Great Journey with KeithShields.ca subscribers, and see new posts as they happen.

We promise we’ll never spam.