NASA`s Juno spacecraft gets gravity boost from Earth flyby
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013, 19:19
Washington: NASA'S Juno Mission spacecraft is going to slingshot around Earth towards Jupiter, accelerating to 25 miles per second along the way to become the fastest man-made object in history.

When the 1.1-billion-dollar-mission was launched in August 2011, scientists first relied on the Atlas V rocket to hurl it towards Jupiter.

But they realized that Atlas wouldn't have given Juno enough power to reach Jupiter.

Therefore, the team turned to the slingshot technique, where Earth's gravity gives the probe a key speed boost.


First Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013, 19:09

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