Jupiter probe's 'goodbye for now' to Planet Earth

Jupiter probe's 'goodbye for now' to Planet Earth

Postby Lighthawk » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:46 pm

Left dot, Earth. Right dot, Moon.
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Nasa's Jupiter-bound spacecraft imaged the pale blue dot at a distance of 9.5 million km during an early check-out of its camera and other onboard systems.

Juno was launched on 5 August and should arrive at the gas giant in 2016.

This is but a brief farewell. The probe must sweep back by Earth in 2013 for the "gravitational slingshot" that will give it the required speed to chase down Jupiter three years later.

The current plan is for Juno to spend a little over a year at the giant planet, orbiting over its poles.

It will use its remote sensing instruments to look down through Jupiter's atmosphere.

Scientists expect to learn more about its different layers and what precisely lies at the planet's core.

Juno will set a record for the most distant spacecraft powered by solar energy.

Out at Jupiter, the intensity of sunlight is only 1/25th of that at Earth. All previous probes to the gas giant have gone equipped with radioisotope batteries.

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Re: Jupiter probe's 'goodbye for now' to Planet Earth

Postby Captain Picard's Hair » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:37 pm

Cool. That's one of those pics that put things in a different perspective.
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Re: Jupiter probe's 'goodbye for now' to Planet Earth

Postby Sonic Glitch » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:19 am

"All this has happened before --"
"But it doesn't have to happen again. Not if we make up our minds to change. Take a different path. Right here, right now."
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Re: Jupiter probe's 'goodbye for now' to Planet Earth

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:00 pm

Sonic Glitch wrote:Consider again, that dot...


Link of win. :D
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