Planetary Radio • Jul 12, 2016

Juno Reaches Jupiter!

On This Episode

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Fran Bagenal

Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, for Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado

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Guy Beutelschies

Director of Interplanetary Missions for Lockheed Martin Space Systems

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Scott Bolton

Director, Space Science and Engineering Division for Southwest Research Institute

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Elsa Jensen

Instrument Operations Manager at MSSS and Mastcam-Z Uplink Operations Lead for Malin Space Science Systems

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Candice Hansen

Senior Scientist for Planetary Science Institute

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Emily Lakdawalla

Solar System Specialist and Science Communicator

Jonathan Nichols

Reader for University of Leicester

Rick Nybakken

Juno Project Manager for Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Bill Nye

Chief Executive Officer for The Planetary Society

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 post-orbital insertion media briefing Mat Kaplan
Juno mission Principal Investigator Scott Bolton after the spacecraft achieved orbit
Juno mission Principal Investigator Scott Bolton after the spacecraft achieved orbit Mat Kaplan
Media reps react to announcement that Juno is in orbit
Media reps react to announcement that Juno is in orbit Mat Kaplan
Emily Lakdawalla in the Juno Jupiter Orbital Insertion Media Center at JPL
Emily Lakdawalla in the Juno Jupiter Orbital Insertion Media Center at JPL Mat Kaplan / The Planetary Society
Candy Hansen and Mat Kaplan with JunoCam
Candy Hansen and Mat Kaplan with JunoCam Mat Kaplan

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This week's prizes are a Juno mission t-shirt and pin.

This week's question:

What instrument on Juno sounds most like something from a Star Wars movie?

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Tuesday, July 19th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What is the total power output of Juno at the distance of Jupiter from the Sun?

Answer:

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.)

Answer:

The ratio of the Sun’s gravity to Earth’s is about 28:1.