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NASA`s Juno spacecraft gets gravity boost from Earth flyby

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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