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NASA to reveal new findings in Jupiter’s atmosphere on Thursday

By Arin Waichulis

October 25, 2021

NASA has announced that it will hold a virtual media briefing to discuss new findings from the Juno spacecraft.


NASA stated that the upcoming briefing on Thursday will reveal "new findings" and a new look at how the planet operates beneath the top layers of clouds. 

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What these “new findings” are exactly, is still anyone’s guess. But Juno has made many amazing discoveries in the past

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Juno's mission is to measure Jupiter's composition, gravitational field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere.

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The spacecraft was launched in August 2011 and entered Jovian orbit in July of 2016. It is currently the furthest spacecraft ever to be powered  by solar arrays.

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Juno is already responsible for a heap of breakthroughs made throughout its mission. Most notability, being the first mission to closely study, and photograph, Jupiter’s north pole.

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Most recently, last year the spacecraft solved a water mystery that has  stumped scientists for decades. Findings an abundance of water molecules in Jupiter's equatorial regions.

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The event will take place at  3 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 28 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which is where  the mission is operated.