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Google Doodle applauds Juno’s ‘historic’ Jupiter orbit

/ 05:05 PM July 05, 2016

Tech giant Google has created a comic Google Doodle highlighting the momentous orbit of National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Juno) around Jupiter.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Google congratulated the hardworking and lenient scientists and astronauts for a “giant leap for mankind.”

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The animated doodle features scientists leaping for joy as Juno revolves around the gaseous heavenly body, coupled with celebratory emoji in the cartoon.

READ: NASA spaceship barrels toward Jupiter, ‘planet on steroids’

In the company’s blog post on Tuesday, Google “saluted” NASA and Juno for a Jupiter-sized innovation and the field of astronomy. “In satellite terms, Juno is a warrior. Building the 3,500-pound device for Jupiter’s brutal atmosphere took seven years and countless hours of testing. NASA scientists equipped Juno with titanium shields to withstand pummeling rocks, powerful radiation and freezing temperatures. Its armor will keep it safe and work properly over its year-long polar orbit collecting data about Jupiter,” the company posted.

READ: NASA’s Juno spacecraft begins bid to orbit Jupiter

The NASA team launched Juno from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and the spacecraft sailed for five grueling years and 500 million miles before it reached the poisonous atmosphere of the largest planet in the solar system. The satellite, endowed with nine measuring instruments and titanium shields,  is tasked with gathering information about the origins of the planet for 20 months. Gianna Francesca Catolico

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TOPICS: Google, Juno, Jupiter, Nasa satellite, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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