Anyone following the Juno spacecraft updates today?

50 minutes until orbit insertion as I type this (after 5 years of flight)

They are going to skim the clouds of Jupiter and try an orbit that skims just 2K miles over the poles.

The question is if it will survive the insane radiation/gravity, or not. They only expect the main Camera to last for 7 orbits or so before the radiation kills it.


Fun fact - this is the farthest a solar-powered craft has ever travelled. Everything farther was nuke-powered.

Poor Juno. We sent it out out on a suicide mission.

I’d be surprised if it made the low orbit at all.