Journey to Jupiter
Juno's trip across the solar system
In August of 2011 the Juno spacecraft began a five year journey acorss the solar system, it's destination: the planet Jupiter.
Juno takes off from Cape Canaveral mounted atop an Atlas V launcher. After exiting Earth's atmosphere solar panels extend, powering the spacecraft.
Deep Space Maneuvers
Beyond the Martian orbit, Juno adjusts it's trajectory with two short burns of it's main engine.
This new trajectory will direct the spacecraft back towards Earth.
An Earth gravity assist gives Juno the necessary velocity to make the final leg of the journey.
At it's closest point, Juno is only 560 km away from Earth.
Jupiter Orbit Insertion
After an insertion burn, Juno enters an elliptical orbit around Jupiter slightly more than four years since it left earth.
Juno will continue to orbit Jupiter and collect data through 2018. Juno's mission ends as the spacecraft disintegrates upon entry into the planet's atmosphere.