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NASA's Juno Blasts Off To Investigate Jupiter 34

Posted by Soulskill
from the already-looking-forward-to-the-pretty-pictures dept.
coondoggie writes "NASA shot its 4-ton Juno spacecraft into the cosmos today with the ultimate goal of learning everything we can about the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. Juno, once described as a flying armored tank, will take five years to reach its destination, slated to arrive at Jupiter in August 2016." NASA has an explanation of the steps involved in getting Juno through the launch, and an animated film explaining the mission. The mission website has streaming video of Juno's progress, and NASA's press kit explains the goals and the spacecraft in detail (PDF).
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NASA's Juno Blasts Off To Investigate Jupiter

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  • by 00_NOP (559413) on Friday August 05, 2011 @01:48PM (#36998652) Homepage

    If it wasn't in the cosmos until today, where was it?

  • by hedgemage (934558) on Friday August 05, 2011 @01:48PM (#36998658)
    • There were Lego pieces sent to Mars as well; aboard the MER rovers Spirit, and Opportunity. They have been on shuttle launches, and aboard the ISS. Lego has a long history of going into space.
    • Since we no longer have any way to get people into space, this is the only way they can claim anything like manned space flight. Even if the new "men" are "action figures" (don't call them dolls). These "action figures" will soon gain enough "rights", that they will be able to lay claim on any planets they land on.

      • When I was a kid, I had a G. I. Joe "action figure" with a Mercury capsule and a space suit. It seems that he would be ready to go right now!

        Although, considering what that toy is worth today, I would never consider blasting it into space.

      • by hairyfeet (841228)

        Frankly /kicks on reverb and echo/ "MEATBAGS IN SPAAAAAACE!" /end effects/ is a fucking stupid idea. Our engine tech just isn't far enough along to make meatbags in space worth doing, meatbags need shields and shitters and food and a place to sleep, they are fussy little critters.

        When we are broke as a joke, fighting THREE WARS while the teabaggers demand "No taxes on teh rich LOL!" frankly it is THIS, this right here, that NASA SHOULD be doing. For less than the cost of keeping meatbags in LEO for a month

  • by JoshuaZ (1134087) on Friday August 05, 2011 @01:57PM (#36998748) Homepage
    This is the first major mission to Jupiter since Galileo which was launched in 1989. Unlike Galileo this won't be focusing on the moons as much (which is sort of too bad since they are some of the most interesting things about Jupiter since they might harbor life.) Also, as TFA discusses, this has a lot of stuff to help deal with the high radiation which hasn't been used before. Seeing how exactly that technology works will help out a lot with future probes to high radiation or high magnetic field environments. One other nice thing about this is that we might get more information about the core which is currently hypothesized to be metalic hydrogen because the hydrogen is just under such high pressure that it becomes a solid, and that's freaking awesome.
    • by Hatta (162192) on Friday August 05, 2011 @01:58PM (#36998762) Journal

      Juno a lot about this mission.

    • Also, as TFA discusses, this has a lot of stuff to help deal with the high radiation which hasn't been used before. Seeing how exactly that technology works will help out a lot with future probes to high radiation or high magnetic field environments.

      We already know that, we have been launching rad-hard spacecraft for 3 decades now. They used a good approach - brute force shielding. That allows them to use relatively weak but high-performance parts (and presumably, less expensive parts). Titan

  • by arcite (661011) on Friday August 05, 2011 @02:35PM (#36999162)
    Truly amazing that we, the only sentient life-forms we know of in the known universe, can conquer the nearly insurmountable forces and vastness of space, to discover the unknown. Restores my faith in humanity just a little bit!
  • I'm sure the ancient Roman goddess of the heavens just loves being called a flying armored tank.

    • I'm sure the ancient Roman goddess of the heavens just loves being called a flying armored tank.

      -and probably the first time Juno has probed the depths of Jupiter, not the other way around..

  • It seems to be only (or mostly) Flash based crap.

  • Juno, once described as a flying armored tank,

    I just hope it doesn't crash-land back on earth. Steve Austin is getting way too old to fight shit like this.

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