Juno’s Earth Flyby: a Cheat Sheet

Juno Jupiter probe passes by Earth
The Juno spacecraft, on its way to Jupiter, will pass by Earth on October 9. Credit: NASA / JPL

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

Media Coverage

Social Media

Unofficial Mission Pages


Juno Heads to Jupiter

An exciting and beautiful launch gets the robotic spacecraft Juno off to a great start on its five-year journey to the largest planet. Word from launch control is that Juno successfully separated from the booster rocket and has entered the correct orbit for its long trek.

Juno launch
A frame from this morning's live video feed of the launch. Credit: NASA TV

Replays and more information can be found on the mission site.

rocket cam
Another frame from the live video feed, this time from a camera mounted on the Atlas rocket that carried Juno into space.