New Horizons in Science

presented by

A "bully planet" unmasked: Insights from the Juno mission

Topic: Planetary Science
Monday, October 31, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Iberian, Omni la Mansión

Space fans celebrated in July as NASA's Juno probe screamed toward Jupiter and slipped flawlessly into orbit around the monster planet after a 5-year journey from Earth. As science writers register for ScienceWriters2016, Juno is looping through two broad elliptical orbits, taking preliminary scientific measurements and preparing to move into tighter loops. Scott Bolton, principal investigator for the mission, will provide an update as Juno prepares to change orbits.

Among the mission's goals are big questions: What lies beneath the cloudy facade of the great planet that was first to form in the solar system? Do you need a Jupiter to make an Earth? The Galileo probe's Jovian measurements upset early theories about the solar system's evolution; Bolton expects Juno to finally answer some questions about Jupiter's nature and role in solar system formation that have remained open ever since.

Social media hashtag: #bullyplanet


Workshop Registration Required?: 

About CASW

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is committed to improving the quality and quantity of science news reaching the public. Directed and advised by distinguished journalists and scientists, CASW develops and funds programs that encourage accurate and informative writing about developments in science, technology, medicine and the environment.

Follow CASW