NASA’s Jupiter Probe Juno Exits Safe Mode

Posted: Oct 27 2016, 7:28am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 27 2016, 10:15pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
NASA’s Jupiter Probe Juno Exits Safe Mode
  • NASA’s Juno comes back to life after entering safe mode last week
  • Prepares For Next Close Flyby Of Jupiter

The space craft seems to have recovered from the glitch outside the planet Jupiter and is responding.

All hope was lost last week when the Juno spacecraft stopped responding to the command center at NASA. It appears Juno had unexpectedly gone to its safe mode, but seems to have recovered by now. Juno, which is currently present in the outskirts of Jupiter, has started responding to the command center.

The news was announced by NASA in a mission update on Wednesday. The space craft stopped responding on the 18th of October.

NASA still has no idea why the solar powered Juno stopped responding, but it is believed it was due to an unidentified software glitch. The glitch led to the entire computer system of the spacecraft to reboot itself.

Rick Nybakken is the project manager of the Juno mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory situated in Pasadena, California.

According to Nybakken, the spacecraft Juno exited the safe mode settings as was expected and is currently well. Nybakken also shared they will soon turn on the instruments once again on Juno so it can make its flight to Jupiter by December.

On 11th December Juno will make its closest flight to Jupiter while all the science instruments will be turned on. One of the instruments includes the JunoCam which is a high-resolution camera which will soon be switched on. The camera will be able to capture close-up images of the Jupiter the gas giant planet.

According to Scott Bolton, the principal investigator of Juno, everyone is excited about Juno’s near closest flight to Jupiter as of yet.

Juno had previously flown close by to Jupiter but sadly at the time it went into safe mode. But this time Juno will go even closer and will hopefully be able to collect precious data.

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