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NASA’s Juno Probe Successfully Orbits Jupiter
While Americans were busy celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, the Juno probe fired its main engine to place it into a polar orbit around the gas giant. The 35-minute burn of the spacecraft’s 645-Newton Leros-1b main engine began on time at 11:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, decreasing the spacecraft’s velocity by 1,212 miles per hour (542 meters per second) and allowing Juno to be captured in orbit around Jupiter. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 11:53 p.m. EDT.
Photo and video: Artist animation Credit: NASA/JPL/SwRI
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