Juno probe to Jupiter returns spectacular images

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by Crispy, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    This launched back in 2011 and is due to arrive soon. It's got the largest solar panels ever sent to another planet (due to a plutonium shortage at the time).


    The last mission to Jupiter, Gallileo, was all-singing and dancing, with a separate parachute probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, and flyby studies of all the major moons. Juno is smaller, cheaper and has a narrower scope.

    Its main mission is to study Jupiter's intense magnetic field, and its complex interactions with the atmosphere and surrounding space. All the instruments are dedicated to this task except for one visible-light camera for "education and outreach" that will only last 7 orbits before being cooked by Jupiter's' radiation.

    Orbital insertion will happen on 4th July, so expect to see plenty of education and outreach around then :)
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  5. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist R.I.P.

    Incredible :cool:

    God speed, Juno! :thumbs:
  6. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    That was really good but it makes me wish for the probe after the current one already :mad:
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    NASA page: Juno

    2hrs 25 mins to go.
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    It's a blooming big craft!
  10. EastEnder

    EastEnder Brixton Barnacle

    Juno arrived safely at Jupiter, now looking for somewhere to park.
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  11. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    It always impresses me when equipment, designed and built years earlier, performs flawlessly deep in space.

    All the boffins could do was wait for confirmation - 48 minutes after the event - that the machinery aced it, or was able to troubleshoot its way out of difficulty.

    When people use the phrase "rocket science" as a measure of dead cleverness, this is why.


    Also, is that a huge bottle-opener at the end of the solar array?
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  12. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

  13. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

    Pictures imminent of Jupiter like never befor. Can't wait!!!!
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    [Jupiter's north polar region is coming into view as NASA's Juno spacecraft approaches the giant planet. This view of Jupiter was taken on August 27, when Juno was 437,000 miles (703,000 kilometers) away.]

    NASA's Juno Successfully Completes Jupiter Flyby
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  15. ferrelhadley

    ferrelhadley These violent delights have violent ends.


    By looking at the composition of Jupiter it should go a long way to eliminating some of the theories of how it formed. The current dominant theory of the formation of the Solar System is the NICE2 model. This includes a migration phase of the gas and ice giants of the solar system, this likely triggered the Late Heavy Bombardment and thus has a role to play on how life emerged on Earth among other things. This will help us narrow down the search for how "we" came to be. It will also give us insights that together with the vast new breakthroughs in exoplanatary science may help produce general laws of solar system (the common noun) formation and thus insight into the likelihood of life elsewhere in the Universe.

    Though if on the termination manoeuvre order a message comes back "I am sorry I cannot do that Dave...." :hmm:
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  17. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

  18. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

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    Select HD. Go full screen. Be amazed!

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  21. 2hats


    Roll your own great red spot images from the raw data collected a couple of days ago…

  22. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

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    Surely you could have found a less clickbaity site for these fantastic pics?!




  24. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I don't see any glass domes. WHAT ARE THEY HIDING?!
  25. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Who cares? It's SPECTACULAR!
  26. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    Doesn't look like a very hospitable climate.
    Lovely pictures, though.
  27. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    giant diamond. All the carbon has fallen to the centre of the planet and the gas giants pressure has formed it into a diamond the size of earth.
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  28. Silas Loom

    Silas Loom The people have spoken, the bastards.

    Typical terranormative earthlingcentricity. As always on Urban.
  29. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    For real?
  30. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    arthur c clarke speculation in one of the 2001 sequels lol

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