Juno, Meet Jupiter

Juno, Meet Jupiter.

Scientists have successfully managed to put a spacecraft in orbit of Jupiter, after launching in 2011.

Juno will orbit Jupiter 32 times this year, floating 3,100 miles above the gas giant. During its time in orbit, Juno will be relaying vital information on how Jupiter’s’ atmosphere works and what really makes the giant planet tick.

There are also three small passengers taking part.

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Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno and the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei, who studied stars all his life. He invented the road to the modern telescope, after making the first 30x magnification telescope ever. It seems rather fitting for him to go to where he helped discover.

Even is it is in miniature form.

Jupiter is made up of gasses and dust. The main two gases are hydrogen and helium, which are also heavily present in our Sun. Scientists want to discover how much ammonia and water is in the atmosphere. Another thing they’re wanting to find out is whether Jupiter has a core. Earth’s core is molten hot, at 6,000C, so it would be interesting to find out how the gas giants core compares.

The team who sent the probe were over the moon that they had managed to successfully get it in orbit.

Well done guys.