Juno approaches Jupiter’s orbit

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

Tonight, July 4th 2016, the Juno Spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter. As the spacecraft approaches the Jupiter, it will fire up its engines for a bit, eventually using them as a way to slowly enter Jupiter’s gravitational pull.

Juno has been collecting images and research as it has been slowly closing in on the planet. Once it is in Jupiter’s orbit, Juno will spend the next 20 months monitoring the planet. This is history in the making, if Juno successfully enters Jupiter’s orbit it will be the closest that any spacecraft has ever gotten to the planet. The entry into Jupiter’s orbit is no easy task. With the strongest magnetic field in our Solar System and the most lethal radiation belt, the slightest miscalculation could mean the destruction of the Spacecraft, and taking anywhere from 1 to 6 years to reach the planet, Juno’s destruction could be a major setback.

You can join in on the waiting game and monitor Juno’s mission by clicking here. Check out this video explaining Juno’s final approach to Jupiter.

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