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Juno Probe

Context:

Recently, NASA’s Juno spacecraft experienced a glitch that caused it to lose over 200 images taken during a Jupiter flyby.

Relevance:

GS III: Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Juno Probe
  2. Key Facts About Jupiter

Juno Probe:

  • Juno is a spacecraft that was launched in 2011, with the mission to explore Jupiter.
Goal:
  • The main objective of Juno is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter and gather important data about the planet.

Objectives:

Juno aims to:

  • Look for a solid planetary core.
  • Map the magnetic field.
  • Measure water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere.
  • Observe auroras.

Key Facts About Jupiter:

  • Jupiter is a gas giant planet with a diameter of about 89,000 miles.
  • The interior of Jupiter, based on data gathered by Juno, has a large “diluted” core representing 5-15% of the planet’s mass, comprised of rocky and icy material mixed with light elements like hydrogen and helium.
  • Jupiter has three moons – Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto.

-Source: Indian Express


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