Saturday, August 6, 2011

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Launches to Jupiter - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


NASA's Juno Spacecraft Launches to Jupiter - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory:

"NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 9:25 a.m. PDT (12:25 p.m. EDT) Friday to begin a five-year journey to Jupiter.

Juno's detailed study of the largest planet in our solar system will help reveal Jupiter's origin and evolution. As the archetype of giant gas planets, Jupiter can help scientists understand the origin of our solar system and learn more about planetary systems around other stars.

'Today, with the launch of the Juno spacecraft, NASA began a journey to yet another new frontier,' NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. 'The future of exploration includes cutting-edge science like this to help us better understand our solar system and an ever-increasing array of challenging destinations.'"