Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Juno Probe Heads to Launch Pad

Juno Probe Heads to Launch Pad | AVIATION WEEK:

"NASA’s Juno, an innovative and ambitious mission intended to resolve some long-standing mysteries about the formation of Jupiter and the Solar System, headed to the launch pad in Florida July 25 in anticipation of launching Aug. 5.

The spacecraft’s five-year trek to Jupiter is scheduled to begin with an 11:34 a.m. EDT liftoff onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41. The rocket, flying in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter faring, five solid-rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage, will propel Juno out as far as the orbit of Mars before the spacecraft cycles back around the Sun for a flyby of Earth in October 2013 and a gravitational boost to Jupiter."