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October 7-13, 2013 / Vol 32, No 40 / Hawai`i Island, USA

4 Oct 2013, 20:47 UTC
October 7-13, 2013 / Vol 32, No 40 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Juno Flyby, Io Workshop Advance Jupiter Exploration as 21st Century Focus
With 70% of the planetary mass of the solar system, and 67 known moons that likely harbor extensive resources for future space explorers, the Jupiter system remains a destination of central importance to expansive-thinking space explorers. Juno, the next spacecraft set to arrive at Jupiter, is currently in its Inner Cruise 3 mission phase which will take it on an Earth Flyby (559 km) on October 9. Taking advantage of the flyby, the Juno mission team will rehearse a full cycle of integrated spacecraft operations, including activating all of its instruments to acquire science data from Earth’s environment for both calibration and to support other studies. Project Manager Rick Nybakken says the flyby will increase Juno’s velocity by 7.3 km/s. Then on Nov 5 the probe will enter its Quiet Cruise phase until it begins its Jupiter approach 791 days later (early 2016). The Southwest Research Institute is hosting Io Workshop 2013 on Oct 12 in Boulder CO. The event will provide a venue for discussion of the latest discoveries about Jupiter’s 3rd largest moon, the most volcanically active body in the solar system. A special emphasis will be ...

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