PASADENA, CA - Welcome to the biggest travel destination of the summer and it's truly out-of-this world! After a 540-million mile trek through interplanetary space, lasting five long years, rocket scientists over at NASA rejoiced at the confirmation that their Juno spacecraft successfully made it to Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.
NASA's excitement was real, and fueled by the fact that this flight was no easy task. The whole mission hinged on some well-timed brakes. Jared Espley; Juno Program Scientist says, "Last night it had to happen. Like I said, gravity and trajectories were just going to pull us off into interplanetary space if the engine didn't fire. Of course we had all the plans to do that, but it was an unknown environment."
Back in 2003, the Galileo spacecraft made it out to Jupiter, but kept its distance. This time around, Juno is going to get all in the gas giant's business. Is this Jupiter just full of hot air, or will we finally get to see what this tough planet is made of? Stay tuned!