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NASA’S Juno Mission to Jupiter: Probing Beneath the Clouds with Microwaves and Other Techniques

Physics/Astro Auditorium

Sam Gulkis (JPL)

February 15 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The NASA Juno Spacecraft is the ninth spacecraft launched from Earth to reach Jupiter and only the second to orbit the largest planet in the Solar System.  It is also the first solar-powered spacecraft to orbit Jupiter. Launched in 2011 and currently in polar orbit around Jupiter, Juno’s primary goal is to improve our understanding of the formation and evolution of Jupiter. Juno has now completed 11 perijove passes over a wide range of Jovian longitudes. This talk will provide an overview of the Juno mission and present a few early results.