NASA's Juno Spacecraft Arrives in Jupiter This July; Are They Searching for Alien Life?
There are less than 100 days before a manmade spacecraft reaches the biggest planet in the Solar System.
Jupiter, known to be the King of the Planets, has always been a goal for NASA. In 2015, they completed a successful flyby which produced various high-resolution images of the planet. This year will also be a momentous year for Jupiter exploration projects as Juno, NASA's spacecraft, is about to arrive at its destination this July.
Although some argue that the motive of NASA to explore Jupiter is questionable, whether they are searching for alien life or planning to develop the planet, it is not surprising that experts would want to explore Jupiter. It is the biggest planet in the solar system with a dozen moons.
Clapway said that the Jupiter Mission, with Juno Spacecraft is part of the $1 billion New Frontier space program by NASA. They said once Juno reaches Jupiter, scientists will begin a more extensive study on the planet. "Interestingly, the pressing questions they want to be answered have a "possible existence" ring to them. Does the planet have a core? How much water is there? Why is the weather so stable? How about the magnetic field and plasma of the planet? It really seems that alien exploration may be underway, or Jupiter is simply another candidate to support human life and future colonization."
According to NASA Juno was launched in spaced in 2011 and is expected to arrive in Jupiter by July 2016. Juno is also equipped with solar panels to aid its 5-year journey through space. NASA said Juno is a record-breaking spacecraft "NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter has broken the record to become humanity's most distant solar-powered emissary. "
It also has a "JunoCam" which consistently sends images of its journey back to Earth. And because of its proximity to Jupiter, NASA said the JunoCam was able to catch a glimpse of its destination as early as 2013.
Last March, Juno was approximately 659 million kilometers from Earth. According to NASA, Juno has already managed to travel 1.73 billion miles since 2011 and still needs to complete 34 million miles before entering Jupiter's orbit.
"The Juno spacecraft is in excellent health and is operating nominally." It is expected to arrive in Jupiter on July 4, 2016 at exactly 8:35pm.
NASA added that the ETA of Juno in Jupiter within schedule and they will be able to initiated further studies (possibly discover some alien life forms?) on the largest planet in our solar system.