Juno and the Golden Age of Space Exploration

What do you see when you look up in the sky at night - stars, planets, the moon, the glowing red of Mars, the twinkle of Jupiter. Now, thanks to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, after a five-year voyage, the Juno satellite entered Jupiter's orbit on July 4, 2016, giving us access to a whole new world.

Dr. Amy Hale

Dr. Amy Hale

"The challenges facing Juno were immense. A 2.8 billion kilometre journey had only a 20km wide 'window' to slow down and thread through. Too slow and you'd crash into the clouds or too fast and you'd bounce off into space," reports said. "This is like hitting the bullseye of a dartboard with a dart thrown from one side of a city to the other."

Join me with special guest Dr. Amy Hale who is Technical Group Supervisor, Science System Engineering of the Juno mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Amy is a trained scientist who works as a liaison between the science instrument teams and the Juno engineering team to make sure everything flows as smoothly as possible in operating the instruments. She has a Ph.D. in planetary science and started at NASA in 2000 as a postdoc research associate at JPL.