CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: For the first time in 20 years, a NASA spacecraft has traveled close enough to one of Jupiter's moons to send back images. The spacecraft, named Juno, flew past the icy Ganymede moon this week, coming within 645 miles of its surface. In 2000, NASA's Galileo spacecraft was the last
"This is the closest any spacecraft has come to this mammoth moon in a generation,"
Posted 2021-06-11, Go to Source Beijing News
Photo: An artist's concept of Juno at Jupiter' Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission to the planet Jupiter. It was originally proposed at a cost of approximately US$700 million (FY03) for a June 2009 launch. NASA budgetary restrictions resulted in postponement until August 2011 on board an Atlas V rocket in the 551 configuration. As of June 2011, the mission was projected to cost $1.1 billion over its life. Juno was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on August 5, 2011; after several delays, including a hold at T-4 minutes, the spacecraft launched at 12:25pm EDT
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