Juno set for date with Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will end its nearly five-year journey to arrive at Jupiter on Tuesday to study the gas giant. The 1,600 kg spacecraft will circle the Jovian world 37 times, skimming to within 5,000 km above cloud tops. This is the first time a spacecraft will orbit the poles of Jupiter, providing new answers to ongoing mysteries about the planet’s core, composition and magnetic fields. On July 4 at 8.48 am on Tuesday India time, Juno will fire its main engine, beginning a 35-minute burn that will place it into orbit.

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