Update October 10: The flyby took place successfully, and now the spacecraft is on its way to Jupiter! Many of the links below are still handy.
The robotic spacecraft Juno, on its way to the giant planet Jupiter, will swing close by the Earth on October 9, 2013. Juno will take advantage of the “slingshot effect”—using the home planet’s gravity for a speed boost.
Plenty of information is available for anyone who wants to ride along, but it can be hard to keep track of it all. This is especially true since the U.S. government shutdown is preventing NASA from doing its usual public outreach, and many NASA.gov websites are offline.
So, here are some Juno resources gathered in one place. More to come as it becomes available. If you know of others, please let us know.
Official Mission Pages
- Juno site at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) – missionjuno.swri.edu
- SwRI Earth flyby page – missionjuno.swri.edu/earth-flyby
- Juno information at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) site – www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/details.php?id=5888
- JPL’s “Say Hi to Juno” page: amateur radio operators are invited to send Juno a coordinated Morse Code message – www.jpl.nasa.gov/hijuno/
- JPL video: “What’s Up for October?” – www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.php?id=1253#fragment-1
- Juno 3D simulation on JPL’s Eyes on the Solar System site – eyes.jpl.nasa.gov
- Juno information on NASA’s Solar System Exploration site – solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/profile.cfm?MCode=Juno
- Raw image downloads on the Malin Space Science Systems site (the camera’s manufacturer) – www.msss.com/junocam_efb/efbimg.html
- The Planetary Society – Juno’s flying by Earth today, and images of the Moon are already on the ground! (includes a video explainer by Bill Nye)
- NBC News – Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft to swing by Earth on Wednesday
- Universe Today – Juno Careening to Earth for Critical Flyby Boost and Cool Movie Making on Oct. 9 – Watch SLOOH Live
- Universe Today – Spotting Juno: NASA’s Jupiter-bound Spacecraft Gets a Boost from Earth
- Lights in the Dark – Various coverage
- Things We Don’t Know – The Flyby Anomaly
- Google – Google News search: Juno
Unofficial Mission Pages
- Spaceflight 101 Flyby page
- Hi Juno! page with Instagram messages
- Juno at The Planetary Society
- Juno on Riding with Robots
- How to observe Juno in the sky