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Juno’s Stunning Video of Jupiter

NASA‘s Juno spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral on August 5, 2011, and my family was there to see it! It was a memorable vacation. We explored the amazing Kennedy Space Center and fulfilled our collective dream of seeing a NASA launch. (I blogged about it back in 2012.) We thus have felt invested in the Juno mission for all the years it’s been in flight, even though not much has happened during most of the past five-ish years. But now things are getting exciting! Take a look at the beautiful video NASA cut together from the thousands of still images Juno has captured.

I think watching Jupiter’s largest moons in orbit is lovely. It’s also quite a technical accomplishment. Each still image is actually a composite of separate red, green, and blue images. Juno captured an image every 15 minutes over a 17-day period, for a total of 1,300 images. All that just to make this little animated sequence. NASA is making all 1,300 images available for anyone to download, too. Then in August we’re supposed to get more sophisticated images from Juno.

It’s silly, I know, but we feel like we’ve participated in this great adventure. Can’t wait to see what Juno sends next.

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Kennedy Space Center Trip

Last summer we took a family vacation to the Kennedy Space Center, and I’ve been meaning to post pics ever since. It was a GREAT vacation. We toured the whole place, of course. The launch pads were quite spectacular, and it was magical to be there for a launch – something my wife, son, and I had always wanted to do. But the Apollo/Saturn V Center left probably the biggest impression on me. They have a full-scale Saturn V hanging from the ceiling, after all. These were the spacecraft that first captured my imagination when I was a kid, and they still have the greatest impact. Here are some of the pics we took of that part of KSC. These are all from a phone (didn’t fully charge the camera batteries before that day).

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