Juno Probe of NASA Finished First Jupiter Flyby [ Current Affairs - Science & Technology ]


First flyby of Jupiter (most massive planet of solar system) has been successfully completed by the Solar-powered Juno spacecraft of NASA by passing 4,200 kilometres above the clouds.

Image of Juno spacecraft

Image of Juno spacecraft

Image of Juno spacecraft

  • And with this NASA achieves closest contact by a man-made probe with Jupiter.

Key Facts

  • For the first time in history Juno had its complete suite of science instruments activated during this flyby.
  • During this closest approach, Juno completed 4,200 kilometres at speed of 208,000 per hour kilometres above Jupiter’s clouds.
  • Juno’s mission around 35 flybys of Jupiter planned up to February 2018 scheduled to end.

About Juno spacecraft

  • The Juno is unmanned spacecraft which was launched on 5th August 2011 at Florida, US and it is the first solar-powered mission of NASA.
  • 4th July 2014 Juno reached at Jupiter.
  • Juno aimed to see beneath Jupiter’s clouds.
  • Since launch it has travelled 2.7 billion kilometres to reach Jupiter.
  • It has nine instruments for analyzing atmosphere, gravity, magnetic field and also checks whether solid core exist in Jupiter or not.
  • Juno measures gravity and magnetic fields of Jupiter and also water level in the atmosphere.
  • It is 20 months mission from July 2016 to Feb 2018 during that time it will complete around 37 circles of Jupiter 37 before finally its death plunge in 2018 to avoid accidentally crashing onto one of the planet’s moons.

- Published on: August 31, 2016