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NASA Juno mission as it happened: Spacecraft is now in Jupiter’s orbit

Today is a crucial day for NASA's Juno spacecraft mission. The spacecraft has successfully entered planet Jupiter's orbit.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: July 5, 2016 2:37 pm
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Today is a crucial day for NASA’s Juno spacecraft mission. The spacecraft has successfully entered the orbit around Jupiter to explore its cloud-covered atmosphere and interior makeup.  NASA is running live-stream of the Juno mission as well.

NASA will soon hold a press conference to give out updates on the mission.

Follow our live updates below: 

10.40 am: What Jupiter and its moons look like. Video shows Jupiter’s moon Callisto was actually dimmer than the others. More answers on August 27 once the spacecraft completes the orbit.

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10.36 am: Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator is going to share some of the data that Juno has collected so far. The instruments were shut-down five days before engine burn started. Get ready to watch a movie of Jupiter and what its moons looks like.

10.35 am: NASA will start going through all the data Juno starts sending later tonight. NASA is now anxious to hear the navigation performance of Juno in Jupiter’s orbit. NASA will turn on the science instruments in a couple of days. In 53-days, Juno will get close to Jupiter with all the instruments turned on.

10.31 am: Rick Nybakken, Juno project manager: Tonight through tones Juno sang to us. After a 1.7 billion mile journey, we hit our burn target. That’s how good our team is, and how well our team performed tonight. A team almost 900 people built Juno and roughly 300 people controlled Juno from here.

10.30 am NASA’s press conference has started. Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator says the success of the mission is a dream come true. “We’re in and now the fun begins. The science begins.”

10.12 am: NASA confirms Juno has turned back towards the sun and is now powering up to start its tour of the planet Jupiter. This is a crucial part of the mission because Juno is a solar-powered spacecraft.

9.19 am: Juno spacecraft enters Jupiter’s orbit as engine burn is complete. The spacecraft is now orbiting the planet.

9.15 am: Close to five minutes remaining for the burn. NASA says Juno is inside the orbit and getting closer and closer to the exact orbit that they want to be in.

9.05 am: Juno is getting closer and closer to Jupiter’s orbit. After the burn, the space-craft has to turn back towards the sun. Jupiter is like a mini-solar system with its 60 moons.

9.02 am: Juno mission is named after a Roman goddess, who could see through clouds and she was the wife of Jupiter aka Zeus in Greek mythology. Juno or Hera was the queen of the gods.

The Juno spacecraft will go with special instruments to see through Jupiter’s clouds and see how the solar system formed.

9.00 am: NASA says Juno is less than half-way through the entire 35 minute burn. The mission will help understand how planetary systems forms in our solar systems and in our galaxies as well. The spacecraft is currently flying close to Jupiter’s equator.

8.58 am: NASA has put out updates on Twitter confirming engine burn for this mission.

8.56 am: Right now the Juno spacecraft is on battery power. NASA will keep firing the main engine till it enters the orbit. This is third time that the main engine is being fired. It has worked perfectly in the past, but NASA has never done it in Jupiter’s environment.

Watch live stream of Juno’s Jupiter mission

“We’ve just crossed the boundary into Jupiter’s home turf. We’re closing in fast on the planet itself and already gaining valuable data,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, from Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, in a statement on Thursday.

The obstacle is Jupiter’s magnetosphere, which is the largest structure in the solar system. “If Jupiter’s magnetosphere glowed in visible light, it would be twice the size of the full moon as seen from Earth,” Kurth said.

Science instruments on board detected changes in the particles and fields around the spacecraft as it passed from an environment dominated by the interplanetary solar wind into Jupiter’s magnetosphere.

Juno carries a suite of nine instruments to explore Jupiter from its interior to its atmosphere. It will map Jupiter’s gravity and magnetic fields and track how much water is in the atmosphere.

The Juno spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on August 5, 2011.

Check out all the reactions to Juno’s success

With agency inputs

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  1. K
    Jul 5, 2016 at 4:59 am
    No Indian-origin indo-aryan indo-indian scientist?
    1. A
      Jul 5, 2016 at 4:05 am
      Well done...
      1. R
        Jul 5, 2016 at 8:48 am
        Dont be suprised if India sends its own craft to Jupiter at fractional of the cost, and perhaps manned as well, they could send mama and bambino rahul.lt;br/gt;if India can launch 21 sattelites in one go, the Juno trip will not be a problem.
        1. R
          Jul 5, 2016 at 6:33 am
          Interesting that your Tech Desk thinks that Jupiter's Magnetosphere is larger than the Heliosphere.
          1. S
            Jul 5, 2016 at 5:12 am
            It's not in public interest. No organization share any of the photos of such planets. I can only say well done. It's done or not no idea.
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