Juno Will Use Nine Science Instruments to Study Jupiter

Posted on July 6, 2016

Juno spacecraft in orbit around Pluto

NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Jupiter on July 4th after a five year journey. It entered orbit following a 35-minute engine burn. The spacecraft was launched on August 5, 2011.

NASA scientists celebrated the historic orbit: Juno is carrying a suite of nine science instruments it will use to study Jupiter. You can view an image here (a larger version of the image below) on NASA that shows where the instruments are located on the spacecraft. Juno's payload of science tools includes the following:
Juno spacecraft scientific equipment


Some of Juno's investigations and observations include mapping Jupiter's magnetific field and observing its auroras. It will also measure the amount of water and ammonia in Jupiter's atmosphere. Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planetary core on Jupiter. NASA says the Jupiter mission will also enable us to "take a giant step forward in our understanding of how giant planets form and the role these titans played in putting together the rest of the solar system."

The mission site for Juno is located at: nasa.gov/juno. NASA also released this trailer for the Juno Mission late last month:



Photo: NASA/JPL