Juno Spacecraft To Orbit Jupiter Three More Years

The probe had experienced technical problems that kept it from completing the planned number of orbits of Jupiter.

By Paul FlahiveJune 6, 2018 9:30 am| , , , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will orbit Jupiter an additional three years, according to mission leaders.

The billion dollar probe fell behind schedule as a result of technical problems that prevented scientists from speeding the spacecraft’s orbit as planned. Juno was supposed to be making an orbit every 14 days, but a valve problem kept NASA officials from firing the engines again, keeping the probe in its original 53 day orbit.

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