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NASA's Juno mission will pass within about 350 miles of Earth's surface, which will be the closest it's been to our planet since leaving it in August 2011.
In England it is known as the "Plough," in Germany the "Great Cart," and in Malaysia the "Seven Ploughs." Since humanity first turned its eyes skyward, the seven northern hemisphere stars that compose the "Big Dipper" have been a welcome and familiar introduction to the heavens.
NASA, looking forward to launching a Jupiter-bound mission next week, sent the Juno spacecraft to its final destination at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as the agency makes final preparations for the launch.
NASA's Juno spacecraft will be forging ahead into a treacherous environment at Jupiter with more radiation than any other place NASA has ever sent a spacecraft, except the sun.
Assembly has begun on NASA's Juno spacecraft, which will help scientists understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter.
The U.S. space program said it is undertaking an in-depth exploration to Jupiter. The Juno mission will be the first project in which a spacecraft is in a polar orbit around the solar system's largest planet to understand its formation, evolution and structure, NASA officials said.
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