>> It's been a long trip but after nearly five years, NASA's Juno spacecraft is finally reaching Jupiter. Its mission? To spend the next 20 months studying our solar system's largest planet.>> You know what Juno's really about is, learning about the recipe for how solar systems are made.
We really, scientists don't really understand how the planets are made. We know after the sun formed, something happened and we were able to form Jupiter.>> One of the first steps in unlocking that mystery, is learning just how much water Jupiter contains. Finding the answer to that question now hinges on Juno successfully entering Jupiter's polar orbit in somewhat less than scientific fashion.
It will crash onto Jupiter's surface. Juno will attempt to make it's leap into Jupiter's orbit on July 4th.