Juno arrived at Jupiter on July 4th, 2016 - Images courtesy of NASA

Juno Navigates to a Perfect Orbit of Jupiter

After a journey to reach the solar system’s largest planet that took almost five years, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit.

“…what is more American than a NASA mission going boldly where no spacecraft has gone before? With Juno, we will investigate the unknowns of Jupiter’s massive radiation belts to delve deep into not only the planet’s interior, but into how Jupiter was born and how our entire solar system evolved.”
 – Charlie Bolden, NASA administrator 

The Three Unusual “Astronauts” Aboard the Jupiter Probe

Aboard the probe are three very special Lego™ figurines made out of titanium: the 1.5-inch likenesses of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter, and his wife Juno – after which the spacecraft was named.  The three custom Lego characters were included to inspire children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  According to NASA:
“In Greek and Roman mythology, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief. From Mount Olympus, Juno was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter’s true nature. Juno holds a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth, while her husband holds a lightning bolt. The third LEGO crew member is Galileo Galilei, who made several important discoveries about Jupiter, including the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honor). Of course, the miniature Galileo has his telescope with him on the journey.”
As Juno flew towards the planet Jupiter, NASA created a special time-lapse film of the approach.  The following video was shot over the course of three weeks during its approach to Jupiter. The movie begins on June 12th while the spacecraft was 10 million miles from Jupiter, and ends on June 29th, as Juno approached within 3 million miles of the gas giant and its moons.

Time-Lapse Approach of Juno to Jupiter and its Moons

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