Juno executes maneuver to get it to Jupiter
“This is the first of two trajectory adjustments that fine tune Juno’s orbit around the sun, perfecting our rendezvous with Jupiter on July 4th,” Scott Bolton, Juno’s principal investigator, said in a statement.
Juno is about 51 million miles from Jupiter and about 425 million miles from Earth, according to NASA.
Juno was launched in 2011 and is equipped with three 30-foot-long solar arrays to help power it on its journey. Once it reaches Jupiter, Juno will orbit the planet a total of 33 times, coming as close as 3,100 feet above its cloud tops. Juno will probe beneath the obscuring clouds and study its aurorae to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.