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Forum:Satellites - Robotic Probes
Topic:Juno to Jupiter: Viewing, questions, comments
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albatronA wonderful and clear view of the launch here in S. Florida.
Fra MauroGreat coverage on the NASA network too. I was shocked to see one of the major cable networks show the launch!
HawkmanMore importantly, I wonder if Lego will sell replicas of the Lego figures aboard the probe?
cspgThe solids separated when the rocket was almost vertical to its launch pad or at least what appears to be over land. An optical illusion?
Robert Pearlman
quote:
Originally posted by Hawkman:
I wonder if Lego will sell replicas...
I asked Lego this very question. Here's their reply:
We won't be offering these sets for sale in metal as they are simply too expensive... It is possible for LEGO fans to build them themselves, as all the parts are standard - apart from Jupiter's thunderbolt!
Robert Pearlman
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
An optical illusion?
Yes, an optical illusion. The rocket cam is mounted on the underside of the rocket such that it looks back at land...
Hawkman
We won't be offering these sets for sale in metal as they are simply too expensive... It is possible for LEGO fans to build them themselves, as all the parts are standard - apart from Jupiter's thunderbolt!
Sigh. Oh well

Robert PearlmanUnited Launch Alliance's launch highlights video:

Saturn VDoes anyone know at what time Juno will flyby Earth on October 9th? It would be nice to watch it go by.
Robert PearlmanNASA's Juno probe will be a mere 347 miles (558 kilometers) from Earth and over South Africa when it makes its closest approach at 2:21 p.m. CDT (1921 GMT).

Later tonight, at 8:30 p.m. CDT (0130 GMT), the online Slooh Space Camera will track the Juno spacecraft's Earth flyby live in a free webcast.

SkyMan1958I'm surprised to find out that Juno is supposed to only be operational for one year orbiting Jupiter given the length of time it's taking on getting to Jupiter. Given that for most satellites the limiting factor is maneuvering propellant, I would think that unless there is an outrageous "safety factor" in the amount of propellant involved then the one year would be relatively close to the actual length of the science mission.

Does anyone know if this "one year" is one of those wink, wink, nod, nod kind of parameters where most likely the actual scientific mission will proceed well beyond its intended timeline?

Jim Behling
quote:
Originally posted by SkyMan1958:
Does anyone know if this "one year" is one of those wink, wink, nod, nod kind of parameters where most likely the actual scientific mission will proceed well beyond its intended timeline?
No, it is the ability of the avionics to withstand the radiation environment, which is the limiting factor. They are going to purposely deorbit Juno at the completion of its mission. They don't want to risk it crashing into a moon years down the road.
Robert PearlmanTo build upon what Jim wrote, here are the relevant passages from the press kit:
For many of the instruments to do their job, the spacecraft has to get closer to Jupiter than any previous mission. To avoid the highest levels of radiation in the belts surrounding Jupiter, mission navigators have designed a highly elongated orbit that approaches the gas giant from the north... As Juno exits over the south pole, its orbit carries it far beyond even the Jovian moon Callisto's orbit.
That highly elongated orbit also allows the spacecraft's three massive solar panels to be constantly bathed in sunlight, but creates an impact risk, such that...
The deorbit maneuver was designed to satisfy NASA's planetary protection requirements and ensure that Juno does not impact Europa (as well as Ganymede and Callisto).
cspg"Juno enters 'safe mode' after Earth flyby"

Due to NASA's shutdown?

Robert PearlmanSpaceWeather.com has a neat gallery of ground-based observations of the Juno Earth flyby.

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