Oh JUNO


Pondering the enormity of JUNO’s successful decent into orbit around Jupiter, my friend said it best –

“I’m spellbound!    A man made machine is in orbit around Jupiter.  Galileo is watching.  No religion, no politics, no hatred on Jupiter. How strange and how vast is the range of human endeavor.   A group of people are making history and are about to add volumes to the sum of our knowledge   – and another human is anxiously awaiting  …. and almost begging a cat to go and have a shit!”

 

JUNO, Reporting Live From Jupiter


This is it, in a few hours NASA’s JUNO mission to Jupiter will successfully decelerate into orbit, or drift aimlessly into deep space. Beginning at 7:30 pm pacific time, a live feed from NASA television documents this epic hit or miss, linked below –

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public

While we’re waiting, ponder an image of auroras on Jupiter. Captured by Hubble on May 19, NASA released the image on July 1 as JUNO approached outer reaches of Jupiter’s realm.

Image via NASA

View larger. | Aurora on Jupiter. Image via NASA, ESA, and J. Nichols (University of Leicester)