Mission to Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft launched today on a mission to visit our solar system’s largest planet. After blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Juno began its five-year journey toward Jupiter. It’s expected to arrive in July 2016.

The solar-powered Juno will investigate Jupiter’s poles and atmosphere, making 33 orbits around the planet before ending the mission by crashing into Jupiter’s surface. Click the video player below to watch a video animation of Juno’s launch.

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