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NASA’s Juno probe could soon unlock the mysteries of Jupiter

This set Juno on the necessary trajectory for its Jupiter encounter in several weeks.The orbital path chosen by NASA will put Juno within 3,000 miles of Jupiter’s cloudtops, far closer than any probe has gotten.

Watch NASA fire the largest solid rocket booster in the world

Watch NASA fire the largest solid rocket booster in the world One of NASA’s main focuses right now is the development of the Space Launch System (SLS).It’s a super heavy-lift launch vehicle class of rocket, intended to take both cargo and crew into space.

NASA celebrates the Fourth of July with the arrival of its next-gen Jupiter probe

NASA celebrates the Fourth of July with the arrival of its next-gen Jupiter probe Thus was born the name for NASA’s Jupiter-exploring space probe, which just reached the gas giant this Fourth of July.The main goal of Juno is to better understand the evolution of Jupiter, and to use that to better understand the evolution of the solar system.

Hubble spots vibrant auroras on Jupiter, gets another 5 years in service

Hubble spots vibrant auroras on Jupiter, gets another 5 years in service The development of the Hubble Space Telescope stretches all the way back to the 1970s.Today, Hubble is still sending back incredible images of galaxies, nebulae, and the auroras on Jupiter.

JunoCam breaks com silence with its first shots of Jupiter

JunoCam breaks com silence with its first shots of Jupiter During its tenure around Jupiter, Juno will make some 37 orbits, collecting data on Jupiter’s origins, structure, atmosphere, and magnetosphere.That puts the spacecraft close enough to peer hundreds of miles deep into the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter.

Researchers spot the first ‘snow line’ ever seen around young protostar

Researchers spot the first ‘snow line’ ever seen around young protostar Researchers working with the Atacama Large Millimeter / sub-millimeter array have spotted the first direct evidence of frozen water in orbit around a young star.The star in question, V883 Orionis, is a young protostar with an associated protoplanetary disk.

Science fiction becomes science fact with a better look at Jupiter’s moon Io

Science fiction becomes science fact with a better look at Jupiter’s moon Io New research from the Southwest Research Institute shows that exactly that process is happening on Io, except on a daily basis.But for two hours out of every day on Io, when Jupiter eclipses the Sun and its warmth, the moon’s surface temperature plummets from the positively summery -235F to a frigid -270F.

Juno makes a death-defying swoop for its first and closest flyby of Jupiter

Juno makes a death-defying swoop for its first and closest flyby of Jupiter It’s all because of the extreme electromagnetic environment around Jupiter.Liquid metallic hydrogen circulating in Jupiter’s interior contributes to the strength of the magnetic fields forming a deadly donut around Jupiter’s equator (we think; Juno is designed in part to confirm or correct this hypothesis).

The week in space: A failed Milky Way, a shadow Planet 9 and an earth-shattering kaboom

The week in space: A failed Milky Way, a shadow Planet 9 and an earth-shattering kaboom It’s still sending us photos from Ceres, well after its planned EOL, and NASA intends to wring out every bit of science it can.Speaking of cold, dark things that are unhelpfully far away and difficult to observe, scientists presented evidence for another planetoid in our solar system, dubbed Planet 9 (from outer space!

Juno’s first close-up images of Jupiter reveal a very different gas giant

Juno’s first close-up images of Jupiter reveal a very different gas giant NASA’s Juno probe reached the planet several weeks ago, and has just sent back its first close-up photos.The harsh radiation emanating from the gas giant could be harmful to the probe’s systems over long periods, so Juno is in a highly elliptical polar orbit.

Juno, Philae, and really fast fire: this week in space

Juno, Philae, and really fast fire: this week in space The ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft found their lost Philae lander, which ended up crashed on its asteroid, lodged in a crevice sort of like a turtle on its back.Now we can put context to the disoriented, hard-to-interpret images that confused Philae sent us while it was laying in the ditch.

NASA’s big announcement was worth the wait: confirmed cryovolcanoes on Europa

NASA’s big announcement was worth the wait: confirmed cryovolcanoes on Europa After much anticipation, NASA held a press conference on Monday to detail new findings from images of Jupiter’s moon Europa.These plumes of water ice, sometimes referred to as “cryovolcanoes,” are exciting targets for further scientific study.

Trouble around Mars and Jupiter: this week in space

Trouble around Mars and Jupiter: this week in space NASA and ESA are joining forces to try to re-establish communications between Schiaparelli and its sister spacecraft, TGO, or even Mars Express or the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, all of which are active in orbit around Mars.A little further out, Eta Carinae is a colossal binary star system that’s really tearing up its environment.

This week in space: DARPA, Juno, and no aliens

This week in space: DARPA, Juno, and no aliens A software hiccup seems to have been behind the spacecraft entering safe mode on October 19, because when mission control told it to come back out of safe mode five days later, nothing physical appeared to be wrong.“Juno exited safe mode as expected, is healthy and is responding to all our commands,” said Rick Nybakken, Juno project manager.

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants The Great Observatory is still going strong after its 2009 tuneup, and now the Space Telescope Science Institute has a little bit more scratch to keep the Hubble project running until 2021.This year, the International Space Station made its 100,000th orbit around our planet.

NASA plans two new Discovery Program asteroid intercept missions

NASA plans two new Discovery Program asteroid intercept missions The first mission to launch will be dubbed Lucy, a probe built by Lockheed-Martin to study Jupiter’s so-called Trojan asteroids.The plan is to launch Lucy in October 2021 for an efficient transfer to Jupiter’s orbit.

Hubble telescope to scout the Voyagers' paths through interstellar space

Hubble telescope to scout the Voyagers' paths through interstellar space Our Voyager spacecraft are boldly going where no man has gone before.Both Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977, on missions to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.