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The Juno and GRAIL Missions in 2011

10 May 2010, 02:35 UTC
The Juno and GRAIL Missions in 2011
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The next big thing in space science will be an Atlas 5 launch in August
2011 that will send a solar-powered probe named Juno toward Jupiter. Juno is a mission of discovery and exploration that will conduct an
in-depth study of Jupiter, the most massive planet in our solar system. Juno will follow a pole-to-pole orbit around the giant planet to map its
internal structure, its atmosphere and magnetosphere. Peering through the clouds deep into Jupiter’s atmosphere, the mission
will reveal fundamental processes of the formation and early evolution
of our solar system. Juno’s goal is to understand the origin and
evolution of the gas giant planet, which will pave the way to a better
understanding of our solar system and other planetary systems being
discovered around other stars.GRAIL Mission The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission is a
part of NASA's Discovery Program. It is scheduled to launch in 2011.
GRAIL will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon for
several months to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail. The
mission also will answer longstanding questions about Earth's moon and
provide ...

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