14 December 2018 Current Affairs: NASA’s Juno mission is to mark the halfway point in next week in data collection by completing the 16th science pass of Jupiter. The Space agency said that by December 21, at 11:49:48 a.m. EST the spacecraft will be 5,053 kilometres above Jupiter’s cloud tops and hurtling by at a healthy clip of 207,287 kilometres per hour.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft was launched on August 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral. Juno is a NASA space probe orbiting Jupiter since July 4, 2016. Currently, Juno is in a highly-elliptical 53-day orbit around Jupiter. Each orbit includes a close passage over the planet’s cloud deck where it flies a ground track that extends from Jupiter’s north pole to its south pole. It will provide coverage of the planet every 11.25 degrees of longitude, providing a more detailed picture of what makes the whole of Jupiter tick. The depth of Jupiter’s zonal winds, the generation of its magnetic field, and the structure and evolution of its interior are areas that will be probed.