NASA Press Conference on Juno Mission

NASA Press Conference on Juno Mission

NASA will hold a press conference to discuss the upcoming Juno mission to Jupiter next week.

The press conference will be held at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, July 27 at 1:00 pm EDT. It will be carried on NASA TV. Juno is scheduled for launch from the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5. The launch window is open until August 26. It will reach Jupiter in July 2016 and remain in orbit for about one year and then plunge into Jupiter’s gaseous atmosphere.

Juno is the first solar powered spacecraft to travel so far from the Sun. Usually such probes require nuclear power sources because the Sun’s energy is too diffuse at that distance — 25 times less than on Earth. The solar panels thus are quite large, and the spacecraft will be in a highly elliptical orbit to avoid Jupiter’s radiation field and its shadow.

The last NASA probe to visit the Jovian system was Galileo, which studied the planet and its many moons.

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