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Where is the Juno Spacecraft right now?

The app above shows the trajectory of the Juno Spacecraft and where it is right now. You can also wind the animation backwards in time to watch its launch and its flyby of the Earth before entering Jupiter Orbit in 2016, and crashing into Jupiter at the end of its mission in 2018.

Currently the data provided by NASA reaches to the end of March 2017. When this data set is extended to the endo fo the mission, the data in the our app waill also be updated.

Juno is now in orbit about Jupiter taking about 53 days to complete each orbit. It was originally intended that a rocket burn would be performed in October 2016 to bring the spacecraft into a tighter 14 day orbit. However the team have decided to remain in the less risky 53 day orbit until the end of the mission. This decision was taken after the spacecraft entered safe-mode during a close fly-by in early October, 2016. Analysis showed that two helium check valves operated much slower than expected leading to worries that the main engine may not operate as expected when commanded. Article

Jupiter's South Pole - taken by Juno

Jupiters South pole as seen from Juno

NASA's Juno spacecraft soared directly over Jupiter's south pole when JunoCam acquired this image on Feb. 2, 2017, from an altitude of about 62,800 miles (101,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops. This image was processed by citizen scientist John Landino. This enhanced color version highlights the bright high clouds and numerous meandering oval storms. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/John Landino

Jupiter Up Close

NASA's Juno spacecraft skimmed the upper wisps of Jupiter's atmosphere when JunoCam snapped this image on Feb. 2 at 5:13 a.m. PT (8:13 a.m. ET), from an altitude of about 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) above the giant planet's swirling cloudtops. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Roman Tkachenko

Juno Spacecraft (Artists Impression)

Juno Flight Path

Juno was launched on the 5th of August, 2011, and entered into orbit about Jupiter on July 4th 2016 and will study the planet until February 2018 when it will de-orbit and crash into Jupiter.

Juno's mission is intended to improve our understanding of the solar system's beginnings by revealing the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Specifically, Juno will…

What's so special about Juno?

Juno is only the second proble to orbit Jupiter (Galileo being the first) and gets in much closer to Jupiter. Its 14 day polar orbit is highly elliptical with the probe passing very close to the planet at its nearest approach, and skimming only 4300km above the planets cloud surface. This means that it passes through Jupiter’s intense magnetosphere which has radiation levels that would fry most electronics (or people if they could get there) very quickly. Juno's sensitive electronics are armoured within 1 cm thick titanium walls which will help to reduce the radiation significantly.

It only has to endure the radiation at closest approach (some 2-3 hours at a go) but will spend most of its orbit further out in a more benign environment. However some of its sensors are not expected to last the entire 37 orbit mission.

Juno Timeline

The major features of Juno's flightpath are listed here:

Manoeuvre Date
Earth, Launch 5 August 2011
Earth, Flyby speed boost October 2013
Jupiter, Orbit Insertion 4 July 2016
37 Orbits of Jupiter
De-orbit into Jupiter February 2018

More Information:

Juno Mission
Juno Wikipedia