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[b]Juno flying on its own to Jupiter[/b]
At 53 minutes and 14 seconds into its flight (1:18 p.m. EDT), the Juno spacecraft successfully separated from the Centaur upper stage and is now on its own on a path to Jupiter.
"Flight so far looks fantastic," NASA launch manager Omar Baez said, adding that Juno is in the right orbit to start its journey to Jupiter. "We're right on track for that, and everything looked good."
Juno has deployed its three tractor-trailer-size solar arrays. Each array is 29.5 feet long and 8.7 feet wide. There are 18,698 solar cells on the panels to generate approximately 400 watts of electricity once at Jupiter.
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