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NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter breaks solar power distance record

Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 10:32
NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter breaks solar power distance record
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The US space agency NASA's Juno spacecraft mission to Jupiter has broken the record to become the humanity's most distant solar-powered emissary.

Juno has travelled about 493 million miles (793 million kilometers) from the Sun as of Wednesday morning at 11 am PST (2 pm EST, 19:00 UTC).

This graphic shows how NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter became the most distant solar-powered explorer and influenced the future of space exploration powered by the sun.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft was the previous record-holder, whose orbit peaked out at the 492-million-mile (792-million-kilometer) mark in October 2012, during its approach to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

NASA's Juno was launched in 2011and is the first solar-powered spacecraft designed to operate at such a great distance from the sun.  

Source: NASA

First Published: Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 10:31
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