Juno spacecraft - Mission to Jupiter - NASA

About the mission

On August 5, 2011, NASA’s Juno spacecraft embarked on a 5-year journey to Jupiter, our solar system's largest planet.

Juno arrived at Jupiter on July 4, 2016, after a five-year, 1,740-million-mile journey, and settled into a

53-day polar orbit stretching from just above Jupiter’s cloud tops to the outer reaches of the Jovian magnetosphere.

During the prime mission’s 35 orbits of Jupiter, Juno collected more than three terabits of science data

and provided dazzling views of Jupiter and its satellites,

all processed by citizen scientists with NASA’s first-ever camera dedicated to public outreach.

Juno’s many discoveries have changed our view of Jupiter’s atmosphere and interior, revealing an atmospheric weather layer that extends far

beyond its water clouds and a deep interior with a dilute heavy element core.

Now in its extended mission, Juno will continue its investigation

of the solar system’s largest planet through September 2025, or until the spacecraft’s end of life.

Mission Highlights

AUG. 5, 2011 Launch Juno launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Mission Highlights

AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2012 Deep Space Maneuevers The spacecraft performed deep space maneuvers during August-September 2012.

Mission Highlights

OCT. 1, 2013 Earth Flyby Gravity Assist Juno performed an Earth flyby with gravity assist during the month of October, 2013

Mission Highlights JULY 4, 2016 Jupiter Arrival and Orbit Insertion The spacecraft arrived at Jupiter and performed its orbit insertion on this date.

SEPTEMBER 2025 End of Mission Juno’s investigation of Jupiter will continue through September 2025, or until the spacecraft’s end of life.