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Aug 16, 2011 | Atlanta, GA
An Atlas V rocket lofted the Juno spacecraft toward Jupiter from Space Launch Complex-41 on August 5 at NASA Kennedy Space Center. The 4-ton Juno spacecraft will take five years to reach Jupiter on a mission to study its structure and decipher its history and that of other planets in the solar system. Watch video of the launch.
As a part of this mission, Paul G. Steffes, a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, and his team are investigating the properties and structure of the deep atmosphere of Jupiter. For more information, read the August 2 Georgia Tech news release, "Atmospheric Simulations Support NASA Mission to Jupiter."