FRIDAY, 9 February
Jupiter through the eyes of Juno
The Juno spacecraft entered polar orbit about Jupiter on 4 July 2016, in search of clues to the planet’s formation and evolution. The 53.5-day capture orbit trajectory carries Juno’s science instruments from pole to pole in approximately two hours, with a closest approach just a few thousand km above the clouds. Riding aboard Juno is a small wide-angle camera, JUNOCAM, designed to capture never-before seen images of Jupiter’s polar regions. JUNOCAM is the people’s camera, and the people have taken to it enthusiastically, producing fabulous imagery and art with every periapsis pass. We will take a ride aboard Juno and look upon Jupiter from an entirely new perspective, using Juno’s eyes and ears.
About JOHN CONNERNEY
Since joining NASA, Jack Connerney has participated in magnetic field investigations and studies of every magnetized planet in the solar system, from Mercury and Mars to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. He developed techniques for measurement, analysis, and modeling of planetary magnetic fields using both in-situ and remote observations. His more than 200 scientific publications span several disciplines, including planetary magnetic fields, geophysical inverse theory, ionospheres, aurorae, and the electrodynamic interaction of satellites and ring systems with a planetary magnetic field. He leads the magnetometer group at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Jack Connerney is the Deputy Principal Investigator for Juno, the New Frontier Mission to Jupiter. He leads the magnetic field investigations on Juno and MAVEN (in orbit about Mars) and participated as Co-Investigator on the Voyager 1 and 2, Tethered Satellite, and Mars Observer and Mars Global Surveyor magnetometer investigations.