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Memes, Nasa, and Help: Jupiter by Juno . Image credit & Copyright: NASA - SwRI - MSSS - Gerald EichstΓ€dt - SeΓ‘n Doran . Juno is a NASA spacecraft. It is exploring the planet Jupiter. The Juno spacecraft launched aboard an Atlas V (Atlas β€œ5”) rocket in August 2011. It reached Jupiter in 2016. That was a five-year trip! The name "Juno" comes from stories told by the Romans long ago. In the stories, Juno was the wife of Jupiter. Jupiter hid behind clouds so no one could see him causing trouble. But Juno could see through the clouds. . And the Juno spacecraft can see through the clouds of the planet Jupiter. Juno is helping scientists study Jupiter. What they learn will help us understand how Jupiter and other planets began. . The spacecraft did not land. Juno is called an "orbiter." This kind of spacecraft flies around, or orbits, a planet. Juno will orbit Jupiter 37 times in all. Juno will orbit Jupiter's north and south poles for about one year. One trip around Jupiter takes Juno about 14 days. Juno has science tools to study Jupiter's atmosphere. (The atmosphere is the layer of gases around a planet.) Juno will take the first pictures of Jupiter's poles. The spacecraft will study the lights around Jupiter's north and south poles, too. Juno gets its power from the sun. The spacecraft has three large solar panels around its six-sided body. . Juno will help scientists understand how Jupiter was made. The spacecraft will help them learn how Jupiter has changed, too. The new discoveries can help us understand more about our solar system. (Source: NASA) Repost @timeless_universe

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