The next path to Jupiter ended by the Sunsea probe, followed by a switch to safety mode, and the equipment failed


NASAs Juno probe made its 47th closest trip to Jupiter two weeks ago. In addition to data from the gas giant, Juno also collected information from its satellite, Io, known for its stingy activity. Even with the chagrin of the scientific team, the probe couldn’t fully handle the transmission of the collected scientific data, because of a glitch.

The Juno probe, as planned by the artist, is on the backdrop of Jupiter. Image source: NASA.

After the Junos on-board computer rebooted on December 17th, the probe was shut down. The material collected by the device is completely preserved, and since December 22, the NASA team has gradually pulled the information from its probe. Today or tomorrow, this process will be finished, and the probe will try to take over the path of safe operation.

The failure cannot be identified yet by a 100% certainty. Most likely, the equipment on board was bombarded with charged particles as Juno passed through the Jupiter Magnetosphere during its rendezvous. Maybe the scientists will explain the event in detail later.

Io image taken in 2022 with 82 thousand km. Image Source: NASA.

The next fly of Jupiter will be July 22-24. The probe is a satellite since 2016. After completing the main exploration programme of this planet, he sat with a different camera on the satellite. The Juno instrument instruments were used to study Ganymede and Europa. Now it’s turn to the Ios. We’re looking forward to some interesting details. NASA confirms that data collected on Io on December 14, and high-resolution surface monitoring, were not affected during the outage.

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