Why The Juno Spacecraft is Afraid of the Dark

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Shared October 15, 2019

It's been 3 years since Juno arrived at Jupiter and it's array of sensors have transformed our understanding of the planet. It makes low passes over the giant planet every 53 days and due to timing of these orbits it was going to end up in Jupiter's shadow for 12 hours, long enough to kill the spacecraft.
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Jupiter image in thumbnail created by:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Roman Tkachenko