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NASA Launches Spacecraft on Journey to Jupiter

by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer

NASA's Juno spacecraft blasted off Friday (Aug. 5), kicking off a five-year journey to faraway Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.

Target: Jupiter - Missions to the Solar System's Largest Planet

Clara Moskowitz, SPACE.com Senior Writer

NASA is launching its most advanced probe yet to study the planet Jupiter on Friday (Aug. 5). But the new mission, called Juno, is standing on the shoulders of giants, its managers said - specifically the eight robotic spacecraft that visited the gas giant planet previously.

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