Well, it looks as if I won the lottery twice!
I have been selected to attend the NASA Juno Launch Tweetup happening at Kennedy Space Center, tentatively scheduled for August 4 and 5, 2011, with the Juno launch scheduled for 11:39AM ET on August 5.
Thank you NASA and NASA Tweetup for this honor!
Determine how much water is in Jupiter’s atmosphere, which helps determine which planet formation theory is correct (or if new theories are needed)
Look deep into Jupiter’s atmosphere to measure composition, temperature, cloud motions and other properties
Map Jupiter’s magnetic and gravity fields, revealing the planet’s deep structure
Explore and study Jupiter’s magnetosphere near the planet’s poles, especially the auroras – Jupiter’s northern and southern lights – providing new insights about how the planet’s enormous magnetic force field affects its atmosphere.
Here are some of the Juno Mission Objectives:
For the full mission details and more information check out the following links:
Juno Mission Page at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html
The full multimedia treatment at http://missionjuno.swri.edu/ (Flash required)
NASA Juno on Twitter – https://twitter.com/NASAJuno
According to my handy dandy Mission Clock (which you should grab if you have an iOS device), the window duration is 10 minutes which means we won’t have to wait around for countless clock recycles 🙂
I’m SO excited to hangout with @apacheman, @flyingjenny, @CraftLass, @katrobison, and a slew of new SpaceTweeps and enjoy the launch together.
See you all in a few weeks,