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New NASA space probe to research Jupiter

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft is heading for Jupiter Friday, and it can’t get much greener than this: a solar-powered, windmill-shaped spacecraft. Juno will be launched Friday morning aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket. The end of the shuttle program is giving extra oomph to the $1.1-billion voyage, which is set to become the most distant space probe ever powered by the sun. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Luis Giraldo spoke with Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planeterium Coordinator James Albury about the largest and probably oldest planet in the solar system.

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Newalbury.mp3]

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