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Planetary Society News - August 2011

From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 16:54:54 +0000
Archived: Fri, 09 Sep 2011 08:02:56 -0400
Subject: Planetary Society News - August 2011

Planetary Society


Juno on its way to Jupiter with JunoCam

On August. 5, 2011 at 16:25 UTC, a huge Atlas V 551 lifted off
with the Juno spacecraft and sent it on its way to Jupiter. Now
begins a long cruise. It'll return to Earth for a gravity-assist
flyby on October 9, 2013 and will enter orbit at Jupiter five
years from now, on July 4, 2016.

Juno is a solar-powered orbiter that is being sent to Jupiter on
a mission to figure out what its gloriously colored clouds are
hiding; it's going to study Jupiter's interior. But because it
would be a crime to send a ship to Jupiter and not send back
beautiful photos, it's carrying Junocam, whose pictures of
Jupiter will all be released to the Web as soon as they hit

Mars Exploration Rovers Update:

Opportunity Arrives at Endeavour Crater, Mission Begins Anew

More than seven and a half years after landing, Opportunity
arrived at its long-anticipated destination, the rim of
Endeavour Crater, and in less than three weeks found something
strange enough to launch a new Martian mystery, and with it a
whole new mission for the Mars Exploration Rover team, mission
leaders announced at a press teleconference earlier today.


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