The space agency NASA has begun to assemble a space probe Juno, which will help scientists learn more about the origin and evolution of Jupiter.
Project manager Scott Bolton (Scott Bolton) from the Research Institute of San Antonio (Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio) announced that the device will launch in August 2011 and it will reach Jupiter in five years in 2016.
Assembly operations, testing and commissioning began on April 1 in the spacious halls of Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver. Engineers and technicians over the next two months will establish the necessary instruments and navigation equipment on the probe.
"We are encouraged by the fact that everything is going so well," - said Bolton, - "We are one step closer to Jupiter."
Jupiter - the largest planet in our solar system. Under a dense cloud cover hides secrets of the planet, revealing that we will be able to understand the fundamental processes and conditions that formed our solar system. This planet is our main object of study of the behavior of the giant planets and will help us to acquire information that is critical to the understanding of planetary systems around other stars.
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Juno is equipped with nine scientific instruments with which will be verified the presence of the solid crust of the planet, a map of the magnetic field of Jupiter, measured by the amount of water and ammonia in the lower atmosphere and studied the planet’s auroras.
"We plan to spend a lot of tests in the next few months," - said Jan Chodas (Jan Chodas), project manager, working in the Laboratory of NASA in Pasadena, JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), - "We want to make sure that the ship is ready for the long flight to Jupiter and the harsh conditions it will face there. "
JPL manages the project, led by Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton. The firm Lockheed Martin Space Systems is building the probe itself. The Italian Space Agency in Rome contributed to the project in the form of infrared spectrometer and the results of scientific experiments with radio. Popular news articles of science and technology only on our website.