Space Plasma Group at LASP



Summary In the year 2016 the Juno spacecraft will enter into orbit around Jupiter. This mission is the second unmanned visit to the mysterious gas giant. It will orbit from pole to pole in order to avoid systems of charged particles trapped in Jupiter's magnetic field. This solar powered spacecraft will use infrared and microwave instruments to probe deep within the atmosphere. It will help scientists to understand more about the location and abundance of oxygen and water. Juno will use other instruments to measure Jupiter's magnetic and gravitational fields in order to understand its amazing auroras and the complex structure that is hidden by the immense clouded atmosphere. This mission will help to fill in missing pieces of the puzzle of Jupiter's true composition.

SPG Involvement

  • co-I R. E. Ergun

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