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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Jupiter Rising (Again)

Yay, almost back to the Big Guy:

As the New Horizons probe leaves diminutive Pluto in its rearview mirror, another NASA spacecraft is closing on the solar system's biggest planet.

NASA's Juno probe is now less than one year away from its rendezvous with Jupiter. Juno, which launched in August 2011, is scheduled to slip into orbit around the gas giant on July 4, 2016.

The solar-powered Juno will study Jupiter's interior by precisely mapping the huge planet's gravitational and magnetic fields. The spacecraft's observations should reveal key insights about Jupiter's structure — including whether or not the planet has a solid core — and its formation and evolutionary history, mission team members have said.

I might have told all 3 of you readers before, but Jupiter's my favorite.

ntodd

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