NASA’s Juno mission will arrive at Jupiter early in the morning of 5th July 2016. The goal of the Juno mission is to understand the origins and evolution of the giant planet. Jupiter is thought to be the first planet to have formed in our Solar System, but there are many unanswered questions surrounding its formation and structure. Juno will study Jupiter’s gravitational field, inner structure, deep atmospheric composition and magnetic environment, including Jupiter’s spectacular auroras.
Europlanet is planning a series of activities in the count down to Juno’s arrival. Find out about European contributions to the mission – scientists and engineers from Italy, France, Belgium, the UK and Denmark are involved!
29th June – Europlanet 2020 RI press release – European Involvement in the Juno mission
29th June – Mission Juno : University of Liège goes into orbit at Jupiter
Europlanet will be holding a public event on 5th July in Athens to celebrate, with Juno’s Principal Investigator, Scott Bolton, on a live link from JPL, and discussion by leading European scientists. Find out more about this and other events relating to Juno’s arrival at Jupiter.
Europlanet is also preparing to launch the first animation in a series of popular science videos. Jupiter and its Icy Moons is a 5 minute animation about Jupiter, its multiple moons and the amazing things that two intrepid robotic missions — Juno, from NASA and JUICE, from ESA — expect to discover about this massive and intriguing planet. If you can’t wait for the full video, watch the trailer now!