NASA’s Juno probe has entered orbit around Jupiter and begun its initial tour of the giant planet.
After a five year journey NASA’s Juno probe entered orbit tonight around our solar system’s largest planet.
The NASA Twitter feed broadcast the probes arrival at Jupiter step by step.
A lot of people worked a lot of years to see this happen.
Engine burn go.
The probe wasn’t quite done yet.
Now it won’t be long before pictures from the gas giant start rolling in. Juno is no Jupiter Station from Star Trek, but it’s still an amazing accomplishment that’s bound to bring us all kinds of new information about Jupiter.
NASA administrator Charlie Bolden had this to say:
"“Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add to America’s birthday another reason to cheer — Juno is at Jupiter, and what is more American than a NASA mission going boldly where no spacecraft has gone before? With Juno, we will investigate the unknowns of Jupiter’s massive radiation belts to delve deep into not only the planet’s interior, but into how Jupiter was born and how our entire solar system evolved.”"
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