Kennedy News

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

DC Agle
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

July 15, 2011
Juno Media Photo Opportunity Cancelled
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The opportunity for the news media to see and photograph NASA's Juno spacecraft at Astrotech on Saturday, July 16, has been cancelled.

The Juno spacecraft carries two redundant Flux Gate Magnetometer instruments that will measure Jupiter's powerful magnetic environment. Lab testing of heaters similar to ones on Juno, designed to keep the instruments warm in space, indicated a small probability that wire connections may not operate as expected. As a precaution, NASA and Juno mission personnel decided to inspect the quality of Juno's heater elements, and if necessary, repair solder joints connecting the heaters' electrical wires to their mounting surfaces to ensure mission success.

Work is expected to be completed over the weekend. The launch period for Juno is not expected to be affected.

Juno is planned for encapsulation into the payload fairing on Monday. Photos and video will be taken by NASA prior to and during the encapsulation process and will be provided to the news media.

The launch of Juno aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket continues to be scheduled for Aug. 5 at 11:34 a.m. EDT.

For more information about Juno, visit:


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