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NASA's New Frontier: JUNO



NASA's New Frontier: JUNO

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     challenging words:    planetary, resolution, launched, billion, atmosphere, orbit, probe, core, mission, blast, solar, return, beginning, destination, system, million
     content words:    JUpiter Near-polar Orbiter, New Frontiers Program, Cape Canaveral


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NASA's New Frontier: JUNO
By Erin Horner
  

1     On August 5, 2011, the JUNO (JUpiter Near-polar Orbiter) planetary probe was launched into space with a blazing blast causing a sea of smoke. The 1.1 billion dollar orbiter is part of NASA's New Frontiers Program. The Atlas V booster launched the probe from Cape Canaveral, Florida, beginning the probe's 1,740 million mile journey. It will travel for five years before arriving at its destination. It is expected to fly by Earth in October 2013 and then reach Jupiter in July of 2016. JUNO will orbit Jupiter 33 times in a polar orbit. It will come within 2,600 miles of the planet's atmosphere. The orbiter will take high resolution color photographs. It will also perform experiments and collect data using twenty-five sensors. Scientists hope that JUNO will collect information about Jupiter's atmosphere and core during its fifteen month orbit. They .....
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