As NASA’s Juno probe entered the orbit of our solar system’s largest planetary inhabitant after a five-year journey, Google celebrated the scientific milestone with a doodle that says “Juno reaches Jupiter”. The interactive doodle is made using pixel art which shows the celebration at home planet as Juno successfully enters the orbit.
“A NASA satellite built like a tank is settling into polar orbit around Jupiter, the mysterious gas giant two doors down from Earth,” Google said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Today’s Doodle celebrates this incredible moment of human achievement. Bravo, Juno!,” it added.
People at NASA’s mission control in California celebrated the entry of Juno into the orbit with a loud cheer and even tweeeted a short video of the celebration.
— NASA (@NASA) July 5, 2016
Engine burn complete and orbit obtained. I’m ready to unlock all your secrets, #Jupiter. Deal with it.
— NASA’s Juno Mission (@NASAJuno) July 5, 2016
The Juno mission was launched on August 5, 2011 with the primary aim of improving our understanding of the solar system’s beginnings by revealing the origin and evolution of Jupiter.
With its suite of science instruments, Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter’s intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere, and observe the planet’s auroras, according to NASA’s mission profile.
(With inputs from IANS)