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NASA's Juno Probe Completes 5-year Journey to Jupiter


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NASA?s Juno spacecraft safely entered Jupiter?s orbit early Tuesday after completing a five-year journey across 1.8 billion miles of deep space.


The spacecraft began firing its main engines at 8:18 pm local time Monday to slow itself down so it could be captured by Jupiter?s gravity.



Thirty-five minutes later, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. ? Mission Control ? received confirmation: Juno's attempt to throw itself into orbit had been successful.



"All stations on Juno co-ord, we have the tone for burn cut-off on Delta B," Juno Mission Control announced, followed by: "Roger Juno, welcome to Jupiter."



The $1.1 billion Juno will now use its sensors to explore Jupiter for clues about how our solar system formed billions of years ago.




This is pretty damn awesome. I had no idea that this was even a project going on.

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