NASA's Mission Juno Spacecraft, Fastest Man-made Object in History to Pass Earth on Its Journey to Jupiter

  NASA's Mission Juno Spacecraft, Fastest Man-made Object in History to Pass
                       Earth on Its Journey to Jupiter

Bill Nye to Chronicle Mission on YouTube's THNKR

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2013

NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --On Wednesday, October 9^th, at 3:21pm
EDT, NASA's Mission Juno spacecraft will slingshot around Earth on its journey
to Jupiter, helping it gain speed and eventually become the fastest man-made
object in history.

World-renowned science educator Bill Nye will commemorate the event by hosting
an eight-part YouTube series, "Why with Nye," which launches Tuesday, October
8^th on THNKR. The series will explain important aspects of the mission,
including how the mission's unique Earth-Sun-Earth-Jupiter flight path is
helping the spacecraft ultimately gain speeds exceeding 165,000 mph (250,000
kph). Velocity gained from Juno's recently completed first leg around the sun
and back to Earth helped its speed surge from 78,000 mph (126,000 kph) to
93,000 mph (138,000 kph). RadicalMedia produced the series and designed its
award-winning website (

"Juno is a remarkable mission that everyone on Earth can learn about. I'm
proud to be part of these videos that describe Juno's fantastic journey. It's
part of humankind's quest to learn how our Solar System came to be and how you
and I got here," saidBill Nye.

Star gazers in South Africa will have the exclusive opportunity from Earth at
9:21pm local time to see Juno cross the sky with the naked eye. Astronauts on
the International Space Station will make a first-ever attempt to film a deep
space spacecraft approaching Earth and amateur ham radio operators on every
continent have signed up to send a coordinated Morse code message that the
spacecraft may detect.

"We are thrilled to have Bill Nye help connect the science community and the
rest of the world to share in the promise of this historic mission to
Jupiter," said Southwest Research Institute's Scott Bolton, Principal
Investigator for Mission Juno. "Juno will help humans explore how Jupiter
dictated the distribution of the elements and molecules to eventually create
Earth and possibly life itself."

Juno will arrive at Jupiter on July 4^th, 2016, at 7:29 p.m. PDT (10:29 p.m.
EDT). Once in orbit around Jupiter, the spacecraft will circle the planet 33
times, from pole to pole, and use its collection of nine science instruments
to probe beneath the gas giant's obscuring cloud cover. Juno's science team
will learn about Jupiter's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere,
and look for a potential planetary core.

"Since our launch, THNKR has strived to bring smart entertainment to our
audience from all over the globe," said Justin Wilkes, President of Media &
Entertainment for RadicalMedia's THNKR channel. "Getting to boldly go where no
one has gone before with Bill Nye is our next great programming adventure and
we're honored to go along for the ride".

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., manages the Juno mission
for the principal investigator, Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San
Antonio. The Juno mission is part of the New Frontiers Program managed at
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Lockheed Martin Space
Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft. JPL is a division of the California
Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

More information about Juno is online at: and

Watch the "Why with Nye" at or :


THNKR, produced by RadicalMedia, is an original YouTube channel that
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aretransforming the world right now.  As the world's premiere destination
for smart entertainment, THNKR brings the unfettered opinions of today's top
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says, CHANGE YOUR MIND.THNKR currently features four original series,
including BOOKD, EPIPHANY, PODIUM, and PRODIGIES.PRODIGIES received the 2013
International Academy for Web Television award for Best Documentary Series.

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