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Juno flyby…

satellite.pngTomorrow (Wednesday) marks the date that the Juno probe will flyby the earth in a slingshot maneuver to generate speed for the long trip to Jupiter.


“NASA's 8,000-pound (3,267 kilograms) Juno spacecraft will skim just 350 miles (560 kilometers) above Earth's surface on Wednesday, getting a critical gravity assist more than two years after launching on a circuitous path to the solar system's largest planet. Wednesday's flyby will boost the spacecraft's speed by about 16,330 mph (26,280 km/h).“


“The Juno spacecraft will be the first solar-powered probe ever to visit the outer solar system. Juno has three large solar arrays, each of which is roughly the size of a tractor-trailer (about 30 feet long by 9 feet wide, or 10 by 2.7 meters”


One of the other interesting aspects of this project is an activity aimed at the amateur radio service and schools called the “Say Hi to Juno” project, where individuals from across the world can interact with the probe as it nears the earth.

This is an example of organizations reaching out through non-traditional means to generate buzz about a project. 

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