NASA launched the Juno mission to Jupiter in 2011, and now it has broken the record to become humanity's most distant solar-powered spacecraft. At 7 pm on Wednesday 13th January, Juno's distance from the sun was confirmed at 493 million miles, which is over four times that of Earth (92.96 million miles for reference).
The previous record was held by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, whose orbit maxed out at 492 million miles in October 2012.
"Juno is all about pushing the edge of technology to help us learn about our origins," Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, commented. "We use every known technique to see through Jupiter's clouds and reveal the secrets Jupiter holds of our solar system’s early history. It just seems right that the sun is helping us learn about the origin of Jupiter and the other planets that orbit it."
In order to hold and conduct that much power for the long distance, the four-tonne explorer carries three 30-foot-long solar arrays festooned with 18,698 individual solar cells. On Earth, these cells can generate approximately 14 kilowatts of electricity; but with Jupiter being five times further away, the sun packs 25 times less punch. This means the craft has to be super-absorbant of energy, and super-efficient in transit.
At its urthest point, NASA says Juno will be 517 million miles away from the sun, which is an almost five percent increase over the previous record.
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What happens in Vegas gets blogged about in January… Extremely thrilled to announce that New Rising Media is making the trip out to cover CES for the first time ever. But this isn’t just any CES, it’s the 50th anniversary of this legendary technology show.
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People who signed that petition – you’re too late. The Investigatory Powers Act has just been given Royal Assent, meaning that UK Government is soon to become one of the most advanced surveillance states on the planet.
Thanks to a petition with over 120,000 signatures, the Investigatory Powers Bill – Britain’s new surveillance plans – could soon be repealed.
The Autumn Statement may have distracted you from this, but The Investigatory Powers Bill is now as good as passed, with the Digital Economy Bill shortly behind.
People across the globe are returning their Galaxy Note 7 mobiles to Samsung in exchange for apology rewards, to try to put out the fire on their reputation. But which country is getting the best deal? We took a look worldwide and ranked the company’s responses from best to worst.
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