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>> Yeah, we see the expected sharp shift upward.>> A do or die engine burn.>> Yeah!>>
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>> A NASA probe successfully goes into orbit around Jupiter.>> Ignition.>> The Juno spacecraft left Earth five years ago and has traveled 1.8 billion miles? It's mission, to probe the origins of the biggest planet in the solar system and how it impacted the rise of life on Earth.
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Juno needed to ignite its main engine at exactly the right time in exactly the right place to be captured by the planet's gravity. It's only the second spacecraft to do so.>> It's hard to believe after 15 years we're finally arriving there.>> For the next 20 months it will fly in egg shaped orbits to peer through the planet's thick clouds and map its magnetic fields.
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The probe will also hunt for water in Jupiter's thick atmosphere. You can expect the first close up images of the planet on August 27th.