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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'm going to see this launch in person:

I got a ticket for a 2-day behind-the-scenes tour at this launch. More details soon. It should be fun!


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STATUS REPORT: ELV-062311

Spacecraft: Juno
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V-551 (AV-029)
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41
Launch Date: Aug. 5, 2011
Launch Time: 11:39 a.m. EDT

At the Astrotech payload processing facility near Kennedy Space
Center, Juno's flight software is being installed into the
spacecraft's primary computer.

At Launch Complex 41, the last of five solid rocket boosters was
attached to the Atlas booster on June 21. The Centaur upper stage
will be brought to the launch pad and stacked atop the Atlas stage on
Friday.

The solar-powered Juno spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times
to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere
and magnetosphere.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21164.msg778543#msg778543