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NASA launched a mission to Jupiter. / August 8, 2011 /

On Friday, August 5 at 20:25 Moscow time, the interplanetary station «Juno» (Juno) to study Jupiter launched from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral. Run a live broadcast NASA TV.

Initially start was scheduled for almost an hour earlier, but due to technical faults in the equipment on the launch pad was delayed. Orbit apparatus with a mass of 3.6 tons, led booster Atlas V. The cost of a new mission to Jupiter, which in the history of NASA is the 9th in a row, is about $ 1.1 billion.

On board went into space, not only scientific instruments, but also some unusual items. So, on board the «Juno» has three figures «Lego» of Jupiter, Juno and Galileo. In addition to the machine plate sticker with the image of the scientist.

Way to take the gas giant «Juno» 5 years — into the orbit of Jupiter unit released in August 2016. During the year the station will study the planet’s magnetic field and its moons. In addition, the information gathered should help scientists explore the atmosphere of Jupiter and better understand the processes of formation of gas giant, as well as test the hypothesis that the presence of his solid core. A total of «Juno» will make 33 revolutions around the largest planet of the solar system.


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