All the tools of the apparatus are functioning normally so that it can transmit to Earth important and unique data.
NASA agreed to Fund the project Juno mission until 2022 fiscal year and thereby extend the scientific research for another 41 months.
This means that Juno will orbit the gas giant until July 2021 and will be able to collect more data about the gas giant, reported the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference for a New time.
According to representatives of NASA, in April this year, the Agency brought together a group from several leading experts, who praised the work of the Juno and came to the conclusion that the probe receives unique data, and that his work must be extended. After this mission, it was decided to allocate additional funding.
“Thanks to these funds, the Juno team will not only be able to answer long-standing questions about Jupiter, which is primarily fueled this exciting mission, but they will also explore new scientific puzzles. With each additional round, scientists will be able to learn about this distant world,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Deputy Manager of the scientific management of NASA in Washington.
The Juno probe reached Jupiter in July 2016. Initially it was assumed that Juno will be a short lifespan as the unit was supposed to enter orbit of Jupiter every 14 days. Unfortunately, something went wrong with the valves in the fuel system, so the probe is stuck, completing a 53-day maneuvers instead of 14-day. A longer orbit means to collect the amount of data that NASA wants to, needs more time.
Thanks Juno, scientists were able to study the auroras, cyclones and storms on a gas giant, to measure the depth of the Great red spot on Jupiter (a giant cowlick the size of the Earth), and get lots of pictures of the largest planet of the Solar system.
Initially it was assumed that it will complete its work in February 2018. But now Juno will get the chance to be the last active NASA mission in deep space. Following NASA’s beyond the orbit of Mars will be very soon, not earlier than the second half of the 2020s, when the space will echo the mission “Europa Clipper”.