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