Less than nine months after Juno entered Jupiter's orbit, it will perform its fifth flyby. The flyby is expected to produce more scientific data about some features of the planet including its complex magnetic field.
NASA's Juno spacecraft will remain on its current 53-day orbit. The team behind Juno said an engine burn to reduce orbit to 14 days will no longer be performed to avoid any damage to the spacecraft.
NASA's Juno probe is currently orbiting the giant gas planet, Jupiter. The spacecraft captured stunning images of the planet during its first flyby and is expected to produce more science-worthy material in the next 35 more flybys.
Juno has successfully completed the first of 36 Jupiter flybys on Aug. 27 after entering the planet's orbit last July 4.
NASA made Juno data available for download including 1,300 raw images taken by the JunoCam during the spacecraft's approach to its destination planet, Jupiter.
Juno sent the first image taken within Jupiter's orbit showing the planet and three of its four largest moons.
Juno engineers are set to make minor changes in the spacecraft's trajectory.
The solar-powered Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter and successfully entered the planet's orbit on July 4. It has turned its back on the Sun to be able to harvest solar energy while it orbits the planet for 20 months.
Juno will initiate a 35-minute engine burn to slow down and allow Jupiter's gravity to capture the spacecraft.
After five years, the Juno space probe is finally approaching the critical moment when it will try to go into orbit around Jupiter. Should it be successful, then it will provide Earth scientists with a view of the planet underneath its blanket of clouds.
NASA released the video of Juno's final approach to Jupiter, where the gas planet and its four biggest moons are visibly moving in what seems to be a welcome to Earth's spacecraft.
Jupiter's massive magnetic field causes invisible turbulence, this, in turn, caused spooky sounds or "roar" to form when Juno crossed over from space to enter the planet's magnetic field.
Juno will enter Jupiter's orbit on the Fourth of July. To fulfill its mission, the spacecraft should be able to withstand "hellish" radiation levels as powerful as 100 million dental X-rays.
Juno spacecraft is about to enter Jupiters atmosphere on July 4. The mission is expected to unveil the secrets of the giant planet but experts are worried about the harsh conditions on Jupiter. Can Juno survive?