NASA To Discuss First Science Results From Juno Mission To Jupiter

This illustration depicts NASA’s Juno spacecraft approaching Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA

May 22, 2017 – Scientists from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter will discuss their first in-depth science results in a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 25, when multiple papers with early findings will be published online by the journal Science and Geophysical Research Letters.

The teleconference participants are:

  • Diane Brown, program executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington

  • Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio

  • Jack Connerney, deputy principal investigator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland

  • Heidi Becker, Juno radiation monitoring investigation lead at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California

  • Candy Hansen, Juno co-investigator at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona

  • To participate in the teleconference, media must email their name and affiliation to Laurie Cantillo at laura.l.cantillo@nasa.gov by noon Thursday. Media and the public also may ask questions during the briefing on Twitter using #askNASA.

    Juno launched on August 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and arrived in orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016. In its current exploration mission, Juno soars low over the planet’s cloud tops, as close as about 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers). During these flybys, Juno probes beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and studies its auroras to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

    CU-Boulder Professor Fran Bagenal of LASP co-chairs the Juno Magnetospheric Working Group for NASA and is coordinating many of the science observations for the mission. In addition to Bagenal, LASP Professor Robert Ergun and Research Associate Robert Wilson are part of the Juno science team.

    JPL manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program, which is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Littleton, Colorado, built the spacecraft. Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages JPL for NASA.

    Audio of the briefing will stream live at:

    http://www.nasa.gov/live

    Visuals will be posted at the start of the event at:

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/junoteleconference

    More information on the Juno mission is available at:

    https://www.nasa.gov/juno