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[b]Juno enters 'safe mode' after Earth flyby[/b]
NASA's Juno probe detected an anomalous condition and went into safe mode Wednesday (Oct. 9) after slingshotting around Earth to gain momentum for the long trip to Jupiter, SPACE.com reported.
While Juno's mission managers are still attempting to discern what happened, they are hopeful that the problem won't threaten the $1.1 billion mission.
"We believe we are on track as planned to Jupiter," Juno project manager Rick Nybakken, with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the Associated Press, describing his level of concern as "moderate."
Data indicates the spacecraft obtained the predicted gravity boost from the flyby, Spaceflight Now reported, citing Scott Bolton, Juno's principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
Bolton said Juno is designed to downlink data at a slower rate than normal during a safe mode, but telemetry from the spacecraft shows all its systems and instruments are fine.
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