Juno Gets Fueled
Technicians use an overhead crane to lower NASA's Juno spacecraft onto a fueling stand where the spacecraft will be loaded with the propellant necessary for its mission to Jupiter. Image was taken at Astrotech's Hazardous Processing Facility in Titusville, Fla., on June 27, 2011.
Juno is scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core.
For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno .
Image credit: NASA/KSC