Google Celebrates NASA’s Juno Mission with a Doodle

Posted by at 10:05 am on July 5, 2016


NASA’s Juno spacecraft has only just arrived in its intended orbit around Jupiter, but Google has already congratulated the space agency with a Google Doodle. The animated image shows a pixelated version of NASA’s ground crew jumping for joy as Juno — forming the second O in “Google” — beams back happy little emoji from around our solar system’s largest planet.

Click the GIF and you can track the mission’s progress, beginning with its launch back in 2011, all the way up to its approach to Jupiter over the past few weeks, and its arrival in a highly elliptical orbit today.

The spacecraft was launched to find out more about Jupiter, but we won’t know the juiciest details until the end of its 53-day orbit, as Juno swings in close to the planet to work out if it does indeed have a rocky core.

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