NASA extends Juno's mission through 2025 to explore Jupiter's moons and rings

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NASA has extended the mission of its Juno spacecraft exploring Jupiter to 2025, the space agency announced in a press release on Jan. 13.

Juno, which arrived at Jupiter on July 4, 2016, has already made important discoveries about Jupiter's interior structure, magnetic field and magnetosphere.

The four-year extension will allow Juno to explore the full Jovian system. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will make multiple passes of Ganymede, Europa and Io, as well as Jupiter's rings.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depictions of Juno orbiting Jupiter
2. Mission extension will allow Juno to orbit Jupiter an additional 42 times
3. Juno will conduct multiple flybys of three of the Galilean moons
4. Extended mission will study Jupiter's rings and Great Blue Spot
5. Juno transmits its data back to Earth via the Deep Space Network

VOICEOVER (in English):

"NASA has extended the mission of its Juno spacecraft exploring Jupiter to 2025."

"Juno arrived at Jupiter on July 4, 2016 with the goal of improving our understanding of the solar system's beginnings by studying how the gas giant was formed and evolved."

"Over the course of its prime mission, which ends in July, Juno made discoveries about Jupiter's interior structure, magnetic field and magnetosphere."

"The mission found Jupiter's atmospheric dynamics to be far more complex than scientists had previously thought."

"In a press release, NASA said it decided to extend Juno's mission by four years to explore the full Jovian system."

"If the hardy spacecraft manages to hold up until its new end date, it will complete an additional 42 orbits of Jupiter."

"These will allow it to conduct multiple flybys of three of the Galilean moons — two of Ganymede, three of Europa and 11 of the volcanic moon Io."

"Juno will also conduct multiple passes of the faint rings that surround Jupiter, and carry out an extensive study of the Great Blue Spot — an isolated patch of intense magnetic activity near the gas giant's equator."

"Juno transmits its data back to Earth via the Deep Space Network. This is a collection of radio antennas spaced equally around the globe in Canberra, Australia; Goldstone, California; and Madrid, Spain."

SOURCES: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasas-juno-mission-expands-into-the-future/
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/press_kits/juno/jupiter/