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The spacecraft that came before Juno
Posted by Henrik Melin in Leicester to Jupiter: The Juno Mission on September 12, 2016
The Juno spacecraft is not the first to visit Jupiter – this honour goes to the Pioneer 10 spacecraft back in December of 1973. The planet has been visited by a total of eight spacecraft prior to the arrival of Juno in July of 2016. Out of these eight, only the Galileo spacecraft entered orbit, […]
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What’s happening in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere down at the equator?
Posted by Rosie Johnson in Leicester to Jupiter: The Juno Mission on September 8, 2016
The northern and southern lights of Jupiter are a vibrant and dynamic phenomena, generated by a complex array of mechanisms that create the most powerful aurora in the solar system. There are many aspects of the Jovian aurora which remain to be discovered – something Juno will reveal during it’s time at Jupiter – but […]
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First, wonderful, glimpse of Jupiter
Posted by Henrik Melin in Leicester to Jupiter: The Juno Mission on September 5, 2016
Wow! The Juno spacecraft did not disappoint! The images released after Juno’s first science perijove are absolutely stunning. The one that grabbed me was this one: Jupiter’s southern infrared aurora as observed by Juno JIRAM (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM) It is the first image released from the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM), an instrument contributed by the […]
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