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This thread is intended for comments and questions regarding the Juno mission and the updates published under the topic: NASA's Juno mission to explore Jupiter.
The Juno mission is the first in which a spacecraft will be placed in a highly elliptical polar orbit around the giant gas planet to understand its formation, evolution and structure. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our early solar system.
The solar-powered probe — its three tractor trailer-size solar panels the first to power a spacecraft so far from the Sun — will map the planet's gravity and magnetic fields to learn what Jupiter's interior structure is like. Juno's color camera will provide close-up images of Jupiter, including the first detailed glimpse of the planet's poles.
Launched in 2011, Juno will arrive at Jupiter in July 2016 to begin one year (33 revolutions) of observations before crashing into the planet.
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