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The Mystery Of The Fireball That Lit Up The Western Sky

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Though Jupiter's red spot looks small in this photo, it's actually about 10,000 miles wide — bigger than Earth's diameter. Space Telescope Science Institute/NASA hide caption

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How Jupiter's Red Spot Makes Things High Above It Hot, Hot, Hot

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Congress is requiring NASA to travel to Jupiter's moon Europa by 2022. Currently, it is the space agency's only new mission planned for the outer solar system. NASA/JPL hide caption

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What Comes Next For NASA After Juno? Not Much

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NASA's Juno Space Probe Tweets Followers On Earth

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Juno Mission Faces Make-Or-Break Orbit Moment

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When it named this mission, NASA acknowledged its difficulty. Juno was a Roman goddess, the agency notes, "who was Jupiter's wife, and who could also see through clouds." NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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This illustration show's NASA's Juno mission approaching Jupiter. Juno used distant stars to chart its course across the void. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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'Star Trackers' Help Juno Find Its Way

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Launched from Earth in 2011, the Juno space probe has nearly reached Jupiter. If all goes as hoped, the probe will repeatedly dive between the planet and intense belts of charged particle radiation, in an orbit that will take it from pole to pole. JPL/NASA hide caption

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Juno Space Probe Is Set To Enter Jupiter's Orbit On Monday

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The Joint European Torus, a European fusion project in the U.K., gets most of its funding from the EU. Brexit may change that, and the even larger ITER fusion project. EUROfusion hide caption

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