Juno probe in Jupiter orbit

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NASA’S Juno spacecraft caps a five-year journey with a successful do-or-die engine burn that looped it into orbit around Jupiter. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Juno probe in Jupiter orbit


NASA’S Juno spacecraft capped a five-year journey to Jupiter with a do-or-die engine burn that looped it into orbit to probe the origins of the biggest planet in the solar system and how it impacted the rise of life on Earth, the U.S. space agency said.

There were scenes of jubilation at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who’d spent a long, tense night as the Juno probe streaked closer toward Jupiter at 200 times the speed of sound in the empty vacuum of space.

Launched from Florida nearly five years ago, Juno had to be precisely positioned, ignite its main engine at exactly the right time and keep it burning for 35 minutes to shed enough speed so it could be captured by Jupiter’s gravity.

If anything had gone even slightly awry, Juno would have sailed helplessly past Jupiter, unable to complete its $1 billion mission to peer through the planet’s thick atmosphere and map its gargantuan magnetic field.

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