Juno’s successful arrival in orbit around Jupiter is announced at a news conference.
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The final leg of the five-year voyage ended Monday when the solar-powered Juno spacecraft fired its main rocket engine and gracefully slipped into orbit around Jupiter.Scientists have promised close-up views of the planet when Juno skims the cloud tops during the 20-month, $1.1 billion mission managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.Named after Jupiter's cloud-piercing wife in Roman mythology, Juno is only the second mission designed to spend time at Jupiter.The trek to Jupiter, spanning nearly five years and 2.8 billion kilometers, took Juno on a tour of the inner solar system followed by a swing past Earth that catapulted it beyond the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.Plans called for Juno to swoop within 5,000 kilometers of Jupiter's clouds – closer than previous missions – to map the planet's gravity and magnetic fields in order to learn about the interior makeup.Juno braved a hostile radiation environment to reach Jupiter.
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