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IN Science & Technology ON 05 Jul, 2016
Here I am, sitting on my couch, can't even get up to get the TV remote, whereas NASA has successfully sent this spacecraft, Juno to Jupiter's orbit. This satellite Juno left the Earth around five years ago and today it finally entered into Jupiter's orbit.
NASA received a signal from 540 million miles away from the Earth, confirming the successful entry of Juno into the orbit around Jupiter - the largest planet in our solar system. Juno transmitted a series of tones to NASA's mission control in Pasadena, California, which led to Juno Mission Control announce, "All stations on Juno co-ord, we have the tone for burn cut-off on Delta B, Roger Juno, welcome to Jupiter."
This spacecraft is sent to explore all the hidden secrets in planet's deep interior and to sense the atmosphere and structure of this 4.5 billion old planet.
Juno reached Jupiter, so to celebrate the NASA's victory, here are few amazing facts about this mission.
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NASA's website explains this feature as "In this interactive visualization, you can ride along with the Juno spacecraft in real-time at any time during the entire mission. For example, watch the arrival at Jupiter on the 4th of July, 2016, or see Juno use Earth's gravity as a slingshot to pick up speed, or just learn about the science of Jupiter and about the spacecraft itself. You can even turn on and off the magnetic field, aurorae, and the radiation belt, all in 3D! All of this and more is waiting to be explored."
Finally, Juno reached Jupiter on 4th of July and congratulations to every scientist who did his part to make this happen.