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Paper models, photos and musings of a Paper Kosmonaut

05 August 2011

Go Juno!

This afternoon Juno has been launched. After a postponement of about 50 minutes the Atlas V 551 lifted off the pad and several minutes later stage 2, the single engined Centaur took over and kicked Juno out of Earth orbit.
Not long afterwards Juno was released, right above Australia, to let Juno coast away and open its solar panels, while spinning at 1 RPM. In about a year we'll meet again with the big probe, to give it its slingshot towards Jupiter. The journey will take five years and has begun.
I still have to finish the model, but for now: Go Juno!

There she goes!
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