After five years traveling through space to its destination, our Juno spacecraft will arrive in orbit around Jupiter today, July 4, 2016. This video shows a peek of what the spacecraft saw as it closed in on its destination before instruments were turned off. Watch our noon EDT Pre-Orbit Insertion Briefing on NASA Television for more: https://www.nasa.gov/nasatv or http://youtube.com/nasajpl/live.
Jupiter doesn’t orbit the Sun.
The other planets in our solar system are
so much smaller than the Sun that their
centers of mass are deep inside of it.
Jupiter, however, is so huge that it has
the same center of mass as the Sun.
Basically, they both orbit the same point,
which is just above the Sun itself. SourceSource 2Source 3
Galileo lives on Jupiter now. He
discovered Jupiter’s moons back in
1610, but 400 years later, when NASA’s
Juno probe reached its destination in
July 2016, he finally got to ‘visit’ the
planet in the form of a Lego minifigure,
which was molded from solid aluminum
to protect it from radiation. SourceSource 2