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NASA researcher talks about the solar system's largest planet and the space program Juno

The American Corner and the Physics Department of the University of Aveiro (UA) promoted the lecture with NASA researcher Jared Espley, entitled "Exploring Jupiter and its moons". The lecture took place on April 20, between the 11.15am and the 12.30am, in the Main Auditorium of the Rectory building. Free entry but with previous registration.

After a journey of more than 5 years, the Juno spacecraft is currently exploring Jupiter and investigates its mysteries under its clouds. Future missions, both NASA and the European Space Agency, will explore the intriguing main moons of Jupiter, which are fascinating worlds, complete with a dynamic volcanism, sub-surface oceans and even other locations that may be suitable for life. (https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/bio/jared.r.espley)

"Juno's principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation.
As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars. With its suite of science instruments, Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter's intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere, and observe the planet's auroras. Juno will let us take a giant step forward in our understanding of how giant planets form and the role these titans played in putting together the rest of the solar system."

Mission Timeline
  • Launch - August 5, 2011
  • Deep Space Maneuvers - August/September 2012
  • Earth flyby gravity assist - October 2013
  • Jupiter arrival - July 2016
  • Spacecraft will orbit Jupiter for 20 months (37 orbits)
  • End of mission (deorbit into Jupiter) - February 2018

Jared R. Espley holds a B.A. in Astrophysics, from the University of Virginia, a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Physics, from Rice University, Houston, Texas. he is one of the scientists working in the space program of NASA's Juno and comes to the UA to talk about the Juno Mission, space exploration, Jupiter and its moons. (https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/bio/jared.r.espley)

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