A Juno prelaunch news conference is held in the NASA Press Site auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. From left are George Diller, NASA Public Affairs; Colleen Hartman, assistant associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington; Omar Baez, NASA launch director, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Vernon Thorp, program manager, NASA Missions, United Launch Alliance, Denver, Colo.; Jan Chodas, Juno project manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; Tim Gasparrini, Juno program manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, Colo.; and Capt. Billy Whisel, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Juno is scheduled to launch Aug. 5 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 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. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett