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NASA’s New Mission: Exploring Jupiter and its Moons


NASA is an American space agency which is pioneering the future in space. NASA has got success in many projects. NASA also sent some robots towards planet Mars getting to know about life existence and appearance of water. As they got succeeded in getting some drops of liquid water. Keeping this thing in mind where there is water there’s life so they are exploring it more.

However, they have started a new mission, in which they are trying to explore about Jupiter and its moons. NASA launched Juno in 2011 and is the second spacecraft to orbit Jupiter after Galileo, which orbited from 1995-2003.

The Juno is powered by solar arrays, commonly used by satellites orbiting Earth. However, Juno mission will end in 2018 when it will crash into the planet without causing any harm to Jupiter’s moon.

The Juno entered Jupiter’s orbit on 4th July and took picture after six days. The picture is 2.7 million miles away from Jupiter, in which it’s Great Red Spot and three moons can be seen. After having a preview of the first image, scientists are very much excited, which means the mission is going successfully till now.

The Juno will also search for the presence of water within deep atmosphere, deep winds, gravity and test its magnetic field and it will also capture a range of electromagnetic spectrum as it is equipped with nine scientific equipments.

According to principal investigator in San Antonio said in a statement that this image indicates that Juno passed through Jupiter’s extreme radiation environment without any degradation and is ready to take on Jupiter. He also said that they can’t wait more to see the first view of Jupiter’s poles. Right now, the Juno is moving away from Jupiter, but will move in August.

The basic aim of this mission is to help scientist study more deeply about Jupiter, the largest planet of the solar system and the fifth planet away from the Sun in the system.

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