Friday, August 05, 2011

Atlas Roars Off With Jupiter-Bound Juno

NASA's Juno spacecraft is on its way to Jupiter after a thundering launch aboard an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The 197-foot United Launch Alliance rocket blasted off from Launch Complex 41 at 12:25 p.m. -- about 50 minutes later than planned as a result of some minor technical issues and a boat that had to be chased out of a danger zone off the coast of Cape Canaveral.

Juno is starting a five-year journey to the largest planet in the solar system -- the first to form when the solar system was birthed 4.5 billion years ago. The spacecraft is the first outer planet explorer to operate on solar rather than controversial nuclear power.

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