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[b]Juno maneuvering for Earth flyby[/b]
Navigators and mission controllers for NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter have decided to reschedule the mission's second deep space maneuver for Sept. 14. The maneuver will set the stage for a gravity assist from a flyby of Earth on Oct. 9, 2013. Juno will arrive at Jupiter on July 4, 2016.
Juno's first deep space maneuver took place Aug. 30. The maneuver, as planned, changed the spacecraft's velocity by about 770 mph (344 meters a second) and lasted 29 minutes 39 seconds. Upon review of mission data following the burn, the team determined that although the first maneuver was completely successful, one of the propellant pressures within the spacecraft's propulsion system was higher than expected. The team has decided to take an extra 10 days to analyze this increase and consider mitigation options, placing the second deep space maneuver on Sept. 14. There will be no impact to the mission's timeline or science.
The two deep space maneuvers place Juno on course for its Earth flyby, which will occur as the spacecraft is completing one elliptical orbit around the sun. The Earth flyby will boost Juno's velocity by 16,330 mph (about 7.3 kilometers per second), placing the spacecraft on its final flight path for Jupiter. The closest approach to Earth on Oct. 9, 2013, will occur when Juno is at an altitude of about 310 miles (500 kilometers).
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