Ron Sparkman| @UpportunityU
The last 6 months have been huge for solar-powered spacecraft, with the launch of the Planetary Society‘s LightSail and the success of the ESA comet chaser, Rosetta, and this year looks to be no different. Juno, NASA‘s craft for exploring Jupiter’s beginnings, hit a landmark on Jan. 13th, breaking the solar-powered record set by Rosetta last year. Now more than 493 million miles from the Sun, Juno is expected to reach Jupiter on July of this year. “Juno is all about pushing the edge of technology to help us learn about our origins,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Click here for more information on the craft and check out Juno on social media for more cool and educational facts.
— NASA’s Juno Mission (@NASAJuno) January 14, 2016