Talk about getting goosebumps! 8:18 pm, just like it was planned, Juno sent a signal to earth that it had triggered a burn to slow the spacecraft after its half-billion-mile journey to Jupiter and send it into orbit. but it wasn't until 8:53 pm that the 250 members of the Juno team knew everything worked perfectly. Lead investigator Scott Bolton called it "a dream come true."
Even as team members walked into the auditorium to speak to media after the successful insertion into Jupiter's orbit after a five-year journey they got standing ovations from JPL-ers who had been watching every moment of the actions in mission control on a big screen.
There's so much that could be said, but perhaps one woman we spoke with put it best when she said, the mission which was... "longer than most films take to make," was very exciting. She added that there's something about a space mission like this in which people will work 80 hour weeks on a project that, if something breaks down, "you can't send a AAA truck out to Jupiter" to fix it.
The journey is now over. The science begins.
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