Juno Probe Successfully Launched

NASA’s Juno spacecraft launched on august 5, 2011, at 12:25 p.m. EDT (1625 GMT). The rocket lifted off an hour later than planned, following a suspenseful countdown that encountered a few snags. The vehicle was initially slated to launch at 11:24 a.m. EDT (1534 GMT), but a helium leak in a ground system for the probe’s Atlas 5 rocket caused the first delay, then officials needed to confirm that wayward boat was clear of the rocket’s offshore launch range, forcing NASA to stall further. It is expected that Juno, which will be the farthest from the Sun apparatus on solar power will reach Jupiter in July 2016 and will orbit around the planet about one year. The total cost of the mission is over 1.1 billion dollars. The main task of the new probe will study the chemical composition of Jupiter.