Welcome to Jupiter, Juno!
NASA Juno probe checks up on her Husband and his Lovers
Good news, everyone! The NASA Juno probe has finally made it to Jupiter after a 540 million mile long trek!
NASA, in a stroke of cleverness, named the probe Juno, after the wife of the Roman God Jupiter, the same god the planet Jupiter is named for. What you may not know, though, is that the many moons of Jupiter are named after the God’s famous lovers. Good going, NASA. Send the jealous wife to check on her husband and his lovers. Because THAT’S a great idea! Except, it really was!
It’s taken Juno nearly five years to reach Jupiter, and NASA scientists are ecstatic about the safe arrival of their probe.
“This is phenomenal,” said Geoff Yoder, acting administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
One would say so! It took a little bit of maneuvering to slow down enough to allow it to be pulled into Jupiter’s orbit. Juno was forced to fire its main engine for 35 minutes, just enough to slow down its speed a measly 1,212 miles per hour (542 meters per second).
The probe is roughly the size of a basketball court, round in shape, and constantly spinning. It’s scheduled to circle Jupiter 37 times for the next 20 months, while diving down to about 2,600 miles (4,100 kilometers) above the planet’s dense clouds to get our first real close look at the mystery surface of the planet.
Who knows what NASA will discover about the great gas giant with the help of Juno!