NASA’s Juno probe continues to recover its memory at Jupiter after a data disruption disrupted communications between the spacecraft and operators on Earth following the giant planet’s flyby in December.
Jupiter’s last flyby of Juno, its 47th close pass of the planet, was on Dec. 14. it is complete. But when the workers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were receiving scientific data from the fly, they could no longer directly access space memory. .
The team successfully rebooted Juno’s computer and on December 17 placed the ship in “safe mode” with only essential systems operating as a precaution. As of * from Dec (Opens in a new tab)team steps to repeat Juno positive science. Juno operators are now successfully downgrading the flight data.
“Science data from the most recent solar-powered flyby of Jupiter and its moon Io appear to be intact,” NASA wrote in an update.
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The disruption is now believed to have occurred when Juno flew through the intense radiation portion of Jupiter’s magnetosphere. There is no indication that the radiation spike damaged the data due to its proximity to Jupiter or its flyby the moon of the molar wolf
The rest of the latest data from the Juno flyby is expected to be brought back to Earth in the next few days at which point the crew can assess if it was affected by the disruption.
Juno left Earth in August 2011, traveling 1.7 million miles and entering orbit around the gas giant planet 5 years later on July 4, 2016. Becoming the first spacecraft to see Jupiter through the dense clouds, Juno’s mission was to answer questions about Jupiter’s composition and origins. .
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Juno takes 53 days of Earth’s orbit around Jupiter, with its first mission called Juno’s 35th orbit, in which it collects 3 terabytes of scientific data and some incredible images of Jupiter and its moons. Because Jupiter is thought to be the oldest world in the solar system, learning more about it may reveal information about the formation of the solar world itself.
This data has changed many of the ideas of planetary scientists about Jupiter’s atmosphere and interior, showing an atmospheric storm layer extending far beyond its watery clouds and a deep interior with a heavy element-diluted core.
The primary space mission ended in July and the spacecraft is expected to continue its science operations until at least 2025, according to A group of planets (Opens in a new tab).
The ship is expected to exit the safe mode this week and will return for the next flyby on Thursday, January 22.
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