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Juno

Post by Christopher K. » February 26th, 2016, 11:57 am

After an almost-five-year trip, the arrival to Jupiter of the American spacecraft Juno is near! On Independence Day Juno will be arriving to insert itself into orbit, to begin mapping its magnetic field and search for firm evidence of a solid planetary core.

On Friday 18 March, there will be a talk at the Highland Road Park Observatory entitled "Juno to Jupiter". The talk begins at 7:30pm, is aimed at an adult audience and has no admission fee.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html

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Re: Juno

Post by Christopher K. » June 14th, 2016, 2:07 pm

The last stretch of the countdown is here! Juno will insert into orbit around Jupiter on 4 July.

Thursday at 1pm CDT, all NASA-TVs will broadcast a live science media briefing on Juno. This briefing begins a series of planned NASA events concerning Juno. At this time the rest are...
*Thu 30 June at 12pm CDT from JPL, mission overview news briefing
*Thu 30 June at 1pm CDT from JPL, mission outreach briefing

On Independence Day, a pre-orbit insertion briefing will take place at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at 11am CDT. The actual insertion is expected at 9:30pm CDT that night.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa- ... at-jupiter

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Re: Juno

Post by Christopher K. » June 16th, 2016, 10:33 am

The Highland Road Park Observatory will be open from 7pm to 11pm on Independence Day to celebrate the live confirmation from NASA that Juno has successfully entered orbit around Jupiter. The event has free admission and is for all ages.

The spacecraft and its instruments:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/ ... index.html

Juno-at-Jupiter artist conception:
http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files ... 8_full.jpg

Don't forget today's briefing at 1pm CDT...
https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/news/j ... y4-arrival

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Re: Juno

Post by Christopher K. » June 30th, 2016, 11:24 am

There are a couple of live Juno events broadcast today on all NASA-TVs...
*12pm CDT, science briefing on the Jupiter Orbit Insertion (reshown at 3pm and 7pm)
*1pm CDT, Apple outreach briefing (reshown at 4pm and 8pm)

The countdown is getting shorter!

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Re: Juno

Post by Christopher K. » July 4th, 2016, 4:22 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time of 7pm to 11pm...
precipitation potential, 11%
sky cover, 53%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 34˚C
surface wind, SW 17 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's event time both the transparency and seeing ratings will be "average" (3 out of 5).

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Re: Juno

Post by Christopher K. » July 4th, 2016, 6:32 pm

Our event will begin with a showing of NASA's rebroadcast of the final media briefing for the Jupiter Orbital Insertion. Live coverage for awaiting the "yea" or "nay" of actual JOI will begin at 9:30pm.

We will have cake and refreshments beginning right after the media briefing rebroadcast. A magnitude -4 Iridium flare is predicted for 8:34pm CDT, and a predicted visible pass of the Hubble Space Telescope beginning at 9:21pm CDT.

Juno Infographic:
http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/godda ... vironments

JOI Milestones:
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasas-juno- ... to-jupiter

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Re: Juno

Post by Christopher K. » July 4th, 2016, 9:55 pm

We've had plenty of fun so far! Several kids won stickers, bookmarks, rulers, erasers and pencils (and very nice Juno posters courtesy JPL) via two games--a helicopter target drop and Juno multiple choice quiz. HRPO screened about forty-five minutes' worth of Juno media and promotional footage.

We're still open until 10pm CDT. We're waiting with the proverbial "bated breath" to see if the JOI is successful. Stop by...this is getting quite suspenseful!

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-s- ... nt-jupiter

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Re: Juno

Post by Christopher K. » July 5th, 2016, 12:08 am

Success! Pasadena has received the tones indicating Juno has reached orbit. Right now there is a live science briefing. The team just ripped up its contingency plan, to cheers from the audience.

Watch the briefing now...
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public

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Re: Juno

Post by Christopher K. » July 5th, 2016, 8:44 pm

Last night during the post-JOI briefing the science team released an absolutely stunning video, showing for the first time (in what can honestly be termed a "video") a group of moons orbiting its parent body. It's really amazing. The video is at the top of the NASA Juno mission front page right now.

The music is from Vangelis.

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Re: Juno

Post by Christopher K. » July 7th, 2016, 7:49 pm

Due to HRPO's staff using hours for Monday night's party, the Highland Road Park Observatory will not be open tomorrow night. There will be regular Saturday hours.

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