NASA wraps up stellar year of space travel to distant destinations

in #science5 years ago


NASA has had quite a year. From the Juno mission to study  Jupiter to the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, and New Horizons  journey to Pluto and the outer reaches of the solar system, the space  agency has traveled quite a distance in 2016 in its continued  exploration of the universe and beyond.

The Juno deep space probe arrived at Jupiter, the largest  planet in the solar system and fifth from the sun, on July 4 after its  launch in 2011.

NASA said the goal of the mission is to understand the “origin  and evolution” of the planet. Juno’s mission includes mapping the  planet’s magnetic fields, measuring water and ammonia in Jupiter’s  atmosphere, and more.

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