NASA Extends Juno, Mars InSight Missions Written 11 January 2021


NASA's Juno spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter | NASA

CNET News reported that NASA said Friday that it has extended the missions of the Juno spacecraft and the Mars InSight lander. Juno, “which launched in 2011, was scheduled to end its mission by deorbiting into Jupiter in July 2021.” The spacecraft will “now continue its work studying the gas giant until September 2025 or the end of its life, whichever comes first. The extension also comes with a mission expansion to investigate Jupiter’s rings and some of its biggest moons.” NASA also “extended InSight’s mission through December 2022. The lander team will focus on gathering seismic and weather data, and may continue to work on the heat probe issue as a lower priority.”
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