UPDATE: Juno is Off!

UPDATE: Juno is Off!

UPDATE: There were a few last minute delays due to technical issues and a boat entering restricted waters near the launch site, but at 12:25 pm EDT Juno was successfully launched.

The Juno spacecraft is scheduled for launch this morning at 11:34 EDT. Today’s launch window is open until 12:43 pm EDT.

The Atlas V launch vehicle is on the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. Tropical Storm Emily is not a threat to the launch, and the countdown is proceeding on time as of this moment. The launch will be telecast on NASA TV.

Juno is headed to Jupiter and will arrive there in 2016. It will spend one year orbiting the planet before plunging into the gaseous giant.

If anything should delay the launch today, the mission’s overall launch window runs through August 26.

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