Director, Space Science and Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute
Have you seen its stunning image of Jupiter’s south pole? The Juno orbiter is surpassing expectations and delivering surprising science. Scott Bolton, the mission’s Principal Investigator, is back with a thrilling report. We’ve reached another key milestone along LightSail 2’s road to space. Planetary Society Digital Editor Jason Davis fills us in. Bill Nye gets from India to William Shatner in less than three minutes, and Bruce Betts escorts us across the night sky in What’s Up.
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Jupiter's south pole from Juno
This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 52,000 kilometers. The oval features are cyclones, up to 1000 kilometers in diameter. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in daylight, enhanced color, and stereographic projection.
What is the name of the US mission that will slam a spacecraft into an asteroid in the 2020s as a kinetic impactor demonstration mission? It will be a test of our ability to change the path of a Near Earth Object.
DART, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, is the US mission that will slam a spacecraft into an asteroid in the 2020s as a kinetic impactor demonstration mission.