NASA's Juno spacecraft won't move into a closer orbit around Jupiter as originally planned, agency officials announced today (Feb. 17).
Juno slipped into a highly elliptical, 53-Earth-day-long orbit around Jupiter when it arrived at the giant planet on July 4, 2016. The probe was supposed to perform an engine burn in October to reduce its orbital period to 14 days, but an issue with two helium valves postponed that maneuver.
The engine burn has now been canceled, meaning Juno will stay where it is through the end of its mission.
And further in the article, something of interest to EU theory.
Juno has conducted four close flybys since arriving at Jupiter — on Aug. 27, Oct. 19, and Dec. 11, 2016, and Feb. 2, 2017. These encounters have already revealed that Jupiter's magnetic field and auroras are more powerful than scientists had thought, and that the bands and belts visible at the planet's cloud tops actually extend deep into the interior.
And, NASA's Juno photo gallery;
Photos: NASA's Juno mission to Jupitor
Of the 47 images provided, only 11 are of Jupiter from Juno, 3 of these being long distant shots. The rest of the images are diagrams, artists' impressions, a photo of the NASA crew celebrating, and even a photo of some Lego® pieces they sent onboard Juno.
No, don't worry about checking if all the valves work properly, but make sure you don't forget to get them Lego® toys onboard.
Aye, aye, sir.