Camper Blog: The King's Secrets

For 2016 AstroCamp, experienced AstroCampers each took on a challenge to research an astronomy topic and present it to the rest of the group.  Carter C. writes about the spacecraft Juno, which safely arrived at Jupiter the week of 2016 AstroCamp.  He writes:

The King's Secrets

We  know that Jupiter is the biggest, most massive, strongest magnetized, fastest rotating, and a very pretty gas planet. Jupiter also has 67 moons, but after these facts, we know next to nothing about Jupiter, especially what’s inside.

On December 7, 1995, NASA crashed their Galileo probe into Jupiter, lasting about an hour Galileo started to scratch the surface of Jupiter’s secrets. Most of NASA’s predictions were correct, except for one thing, where Galileo crashed it was mostly cloudless. Later that day, a man named Dan Parker proved there was a feature where Galileo had crashed.

Now the question is if that feature really was a dry spot or if all of Jupiter is dry. That’s where Juno comes in. Juno has already succeeded on JOI (Jupiter Orbital Insertion) in which Juno fired it retro-rockets for 35 minutes so it didn’t shoot right past Jupiter. Now Juno is orbiting around Jupiter getting as close as 1,000 miles from Jupiter’s surface. With new scientific equipment, Juno will find out our questions. How much water does Jupiter have? Does Jupiter have a core? and many other questions.

The queen will reveal the secrets of the king.



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