Juno Space Probe Reaches Milestone In First Lap Around Jupiter

Juno Space Probe Reaches Milestone In First Lap Around Jupiter
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The Christian Science Monitor

Juno has already gone further into Jupiter’s orbit than any space probe before it, and the satellite is now heading into the second half of its first full orbit around the solar system’s largest planet. When Juno arrived at Jupiter on July 4, it began the first of two 53-day “capture orbits.” Having now reached “apojove,” the furthest point from Jupiter during this long, elliptical orbit, Juno will now move closer and closer to the gas giant until it reaches “perijove,” its closest approach, on Aug. 27.  Juno’s first lap of Jupiter represents the final step before the probe can settle into its scientific mission, collecting new data on the planet’s surface and climate that astronomers believe …

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