The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has indicated signal from 540 million miles across the solar system late Monday, regarding its Juno spacecraft orbiting around the largest planet, Jupiter.
According to multiple sources, the robotic Juno probe began circling Jupiter after a five year journey through space.
Powerful gravity accelerated Juno into an estimated 165,000 mph relative to Earth, and a crucial 35 minute burn was fired by Juno’s main engine, slowing down the probe enough to capture the planet’s powerful gravity.
On Sept. 21, 2003, Galileo spacecraft was deliberately crashed into Jupiter to protect one of it’s findings of a possible ocean under Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Juno is now the first successful spacecraft to land on Jupiter since Galileo.
Juno sports a total of 18,698 individual solar cells, with its panels extended it is about the size of a basketball court. The spacecraft was launched in August 2011, taking circuitous route through the solar system and will study Jupiter from polar orbit.