NASA Is Looking At Jupiter Instead Of Fireworks On July Fourth
NASA's Juno orbiter will get closer to Jupiter than any other satellite on July Fourth. Scientists hope for answers about the gas giant's origins.By Grant Suneson | July 4, 2016
Most people looking up at the sky tonight will be enjoying fireworks. But NASA scientists are hoping for an entirely different display for the Fourth of July.
Around 11 p.m. CST, NASA’s Juno orbiter will get closer to Jupiter than any other satellite has before, circling as close as 2,600 miles from the top of the gas giant's clouds.
It took nearly five years and more than 2 billion miles of flying, but Juno is expected to send back the best photos of Jupiter we've ever seen.