NSN Webinar: The Juno Mission to Jupiter

NSN Webinar: The Juno Mission to Jupiter

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On Wednesday, May 11, Dr. Steven Levin joined us to bring us up to date on the Juno Mission to Jupiter. You can download the Juno slides below, and access the video on the Night Sky Network YouTube channel linked below.

The Juno spacecraft was launched in August of 2011, and is due to arrive at Jupiter on July 4, 2016. It holds the record as humanity's most distant solar-powered spacecraft. Juno's primary purpose is to improve our understanding of giant planet formation and evolution by studying Jupiter's origin, interior structure, atmospheric composition and dynamics, and magnetosphere. Juno is expected to survive Jupiter's dangerous radiation environment for well over a year, long enough to make at least 32 close perijove passes. Skimming a few thousand kilometers above the cloud tops, Juno will measure the magnetic and gravitational fields, use microwave radiometry to determine the global water abundance, image the planet at visible, infrared, and ultraviolet wavelengths, and measure the fields and particles in the Jovian magnetosphere. Improving our understanding of Jupiter will enable us to better understand the history of our solar system and our own origin story.

Dr. Steven Levin is the Project Scientist for Juno and the lead scientist for the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope project. He has been at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for over 25 years, working on topics such as the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI), measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, modeling radio emission from the Jovian radiation belts, and measurements of magnetic fields in cold molecular clouds to improve our understanding of star formation. He is also passionate about education, frequently giving science talks to students and the public, and is currently president of the Culver City Board of Education.

 

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Webinar Video: The Juno Mission

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