Return with us to the evening of July 4, 2016 and the exciting arrival at Jupiter of the Juno orbiter. You’ll hear the moment of successful orbital insertion. Several of the mission’s key contributors reveal how Juno accomplished this feat, along with what they hope the spacecraft will tell us about the giant planet. A Juno pin and t-shirt are waiting for the winner of the new What’s Up space trivia contest.
Juno post-orbital insertion media briefing
Juno mission Principal Investigator Scott Bolton after the spacecraft achieved orbit
Media reps react to announcement that Juno is in orbit
Mat Kaplan / The Planetary Society
Emily Lakdawalla in the Juno Jupiter Orbital Insertion Media Center at JPL
What is the total power output of Juno at the distance of Jupiter from the Sun?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What is the ratio of the equatorial surface gravity of the Sun to the force or pull of gravity at the surface of the Earth? (We’ll define the “surface” of the Sun as the edge of the photosphere or visible surface.)
The ratio of the Sun’s gravity to Earth’s is about 28:1.