NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which is orbiting the giant gas planet – Jupiter since 2016 will remain in its present orbit for the rest of its mission, confirmed National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in its latest press release. NASA’s solar-powered spaceship – Juno is orbiting Jupiter since 5th July 2016 and now will linger in its current 53-day orbit in the region of solar system’s largest planet for the rest of its exploration mission.
The US-based space agency, NASA, in its official press release, published over this weekend has confirmed that its Juno, which is currently conducting scientific investigation of Jupiter by orbiting its trajectory – will remain on the same path for the rest of its mission timeline. This new schedule will help NASA to achieve some major science goals.
The U.S’s independent space agency recently declared that Juno, rather than shifting to the formerly planned 14-day orbit, will stay on in its present, 53-days long orbital period, for achieving some certain science goals. The decision has come soon after the report of a technical malfunction in Juno’s engine that took place in October 2016.
Initially, NASA has planned to allow Juno to orbit the giant gas planet for a total of 37 times in the early days of 2018. But after coming across the malfunction in the mechanism of the spacecraft, NASA rescheduled the program, and now Juno will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the rest of its mission.
As per the announcement of NASA, by July next year, the solar-powered spacecraft will accomplish only 12 orbits, which means, the probe will take some few more years to achieve its 37 orbits mission goal. However, scientists of NASA have estimated Juno to get done with its assigned orbital task by 2021.