JUNO MIS­SION EX­TENDED

Sky at Night Magazine - - BULLETIN -

NASA’s Jupiter mis­sion, Juno, has been ex­tended for an­other three years. Orig­i­nally, Juno was to be crashed into the planet in July to pro­tect the po­ten­tially hab­it­able icy moons from con­tam­i­na­tion. How­ever, trou­ble with the en­gines meant Juno has only done 14 of the 32 plan­e­tary fly­bys planned for the pri­mary mis­sion. The ex­ten­sion will al­low Juno to fin­ish its task. There’s po­ten­tial to ex­tend this dead­line again, de­pend­ing on how well Juno con­tin­ues to with­stand Jupiter’s ra­di­a­tion.

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