Technicians at Astrotech's payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla. are stowing solar array #2 for NASA's Juno spacecraft. Later in processing, the magnetometer will be installed; a solar array illumination and magnetometer boom deployment test also are planned.
Juno is scheduled to launch aboard an 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. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller