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Juno is closing in on Jupiter

The spacecraft will peer beneath the gas giant’s clouds and fly in close to its monstrous auroras

10:48am, June 16, 2016
Juno spacecraft meets Jupiter

JUPITER, MEET JUNO  After 5 years of travel, Juno has reached Jupiter and will soon begin its up close investigations of the giant planet. 

Ancient stargazers chose well when they named the solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, after the king of the Roman gods.

With more than twice the mass of all the other planets combined, Jupiter reigns supreme. It’s the most influential member of our planetary family — after the sun. Jupiter might have hurled the asteroids that delivered water to Earth, robbed Mars of planet-building material and nudged Uranus and Neptune to the planetary hinterlands. It’s also a massive time capsule, a ball of gas that records what conditions

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