Most children carry the dream of exploring the space as they grow up. This dream usually fades away with time. But it doesn’t have to be this way, not always. At least this is what the American space agency NASA believes. So, taking the public a step closer to their dream of space exploration here comes NASA’s probe mission to explore the planet Jupiter– Juno.
If you’re still wondering what’s NASA up to, then read on.
Apparently, NASA wants the public to select the sites on Jupiter that its spacecraft Juno would image when it flies by the planet on February 2, 2017. It takes 53 days for Juno to complete one orbit around Jupiter. On February 2, 2017, Juno would make its closest approach to the planet at 4:58 AM PST (6:28 PM IST) when it would swirl at a distance of about 4,300 Kilometres above the planet.
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During this period, JunoCam, which is a colour and visible-light camera designed to capture pictures of Jupiter’s poles and cloud tops, would click images of the sites that get the maximum vote. NASA has even set-up a discussion page to garner public opinion. The space research organisation has located several points of interest on its discussion page. Each participant will get a limited number of votes per orbit to highlight their points of interests. ‘After the flyby is complete, the images will be posted to the JunoCam website, where the public can perform its own processing,’ NASA wrote in a release.
The voting began on January 19, 2017, and will conclude on January 23, 2017. So, if you too want to be a part of this space exploration program, hurry up and vote now!