NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Enters Jupiter’s Orbit After 5-Year Journey–Wonderfull

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We’re about to get a closer look at Jupiter than ever before.

After five years and a nearly 2 billion mile journey through the solar system, NASA’s Juno probe has entered Jupiter’s orbit late Monday, getting an unprecedented front-row view of the gas giant — our solar system’s largest planet.

Ground controllers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory erupted in applause when the solar-powered spacecraft beamed home the news it had entered the planet’s orbit.

PHOTO: From left to right, Geoffrey Yoder, Michael Watkins, Rick Nybakken, Richard Cook and Jan Chodas celebrate in Mission Control at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory as Juno goes into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, in Pasadena, California.

From left to right, Geoffrey Yoder, Michael Watkins, Rick Nybakken, Richard Cook and Jan Chodas celebrate in Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as Juno goes into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, in Pasadena, California.

“Juno, welcome to Jupiter,” said mission control commentator Jennifer Delavan of Lockheed Martin, which built Juno.

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