Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Assembly begins on NASA's Juno spacecraft
by Staff Writers
Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Apr 6, 2010

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

The U.S. space agency says assembly work has started on its Juno spacecraft that is designed to expand science's knowledge of Jupiter's origin and evolution.

The mission, scheduled for launch in August 2011, would reach the largest planet in our solar system in 2016.

The spacecraft is being assembled in a high-bay clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver.

"We're excited the puzzle pieces are coming together," said Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, the project's principal investigator. "We're one important step closer to getting to Jupiter."

NASA said Juno will have nine science instruments on board to investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter's intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in its atmosphere and observe the planet's auroras.

"We plan to be doing a lot of testing in the next few months," said Jan Chodas, the project manager based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "We want to make sure the spacecraft is ready for the long journey to Jupiter and the harsh environment it will encounter there."

NASA said JPL manages the Juno mission, with the Italian Space Agency contributing an infrared spectrometer instrument and a portion of the spacecraft's radio science experiment.


Related Links
Space Technology News - Applications and Research

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Cost And Weight Key Factors In Manufacturing Space Hardware
Huntsville AL (SPX) Apr 06, 2010
On Tuesday, March 30, NASA and their industry partners unveiled a revolutionary new manufacturing process that could lower the cost of producing a tank dome - the end piece of a fuel tank - as much as 25 percent by using commercial materials and state-of-the-art technologies in an innovative application. Manufacturing a traditional tank dome requires welding eight curved, pie-shaped pieces ... read more

ESA plans its first moon lander

A Precise Voyage To The Lunar South Pole

A Piece Of The Moon In Oberhausen

The Mystery Of Moonwater

Opportunity For A Twin Crater Drive By

Third Phoenix Listening Period Begins Monday

Opportunity At Concepcion Crater

A Sleeping Spirit May Yet Awaken In The Spring

BuyerZone Helps Adventurers Travel To Space

IV Water Filter May Open Medical Options For Astronauts

What Caused The Ares I-X Parachute To Fail

US makes light of Venezuela-Russia space bid

China, Bolivia to build communications satellite

China To Complete Wenchang Space Center By 2015

China To Conduct Maiden Space Docking In 2011

China chooses first women astronauts

NASA extends space contract with Russia on ISS

New Expedition 23 Crew Members Welcomed Aboard Station

Astronauts dock at International Space Station

SpaceX Activates ISS Comms System For Dragon Spacecraft

Ariane 5's Launch With ASTRA 3B and COMSATBw-2 Set For April 9

Brazil To Develop Carrier Rocket By 2014

Bolivia, China Sign Satellite Launching Agreement

CryoSat-2 Installed In Launch Silo

Newly Discovered Planet Could Hold Water

CoRoT-9b - A Temperate Exoplanet

'Cool Jupiter' widens search for exoplanets

How To Hunt For Exoplanets

Getting The Wrinkles Out Transparent Film Development

Eye-tracking tools that boost reality

Amid iPad frenzy, HP promotes its tablet computer

Assembly begins on NASA's Juno spacecraft

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement