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Extraordinary Footage From Starship Juno

Earth seen from the Juno mission (NASA, Oct 2013)

A starship comes tearing through the solar system, its sensors capturing a brief glimpse of the inner planets. A small blue-green world spins while its tiny dark moon gyrates around it. And then all is gone. Left behind for eternity as this interstellar voyager speeds on to the gaping void that is the rest of [...]

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To Jupiter

Farewell Earth (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems)

On October 9th, 2013, NASA’s Juno mission completed an Earth ‘flyby’ to gain a little extra velocity (a gravitational slingshot maneuver that steals a tiny bit of Earth’s momentum) to get it to Jupiter in 2016. Here’s the mission’s course trajectory in this first panel.   Right now the spacecraft is again moving away from [...]

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The Fastest Spacecraft Ever?

Who's the fastest of them all? (Credit: NASA)

Of all the spacecraft humans have launched, there have been some impressively fast movers. But which holds the record? It’s not an entirely idle question. Apart from the wow factor, it’s an interesting yardstick for gauging our capacity to explore the cosmos, from familiar planets to the icy depths of space. However, as I quickly [...]

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Juno

Juno and Jupiter (NASA/JPL)

Another quick refurbishment from the archives, this one about the Juno mission to Jupiter. With any luck in a few hours Juno will launch and be on its way, arriving at Jupiter in 2016. This post was written while the spacecraft was still snug in its clean room.     The next post will be [...]

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