NASA successfully inserted its $1.1 billion dollar Juno spacecraft into Jupiter orbit on July 4, and in October started an unprecedented sequence of 37 2-week-long science orbits of the giant planet. This talk updates the latest results from the mission and describes how the science experiments work. Establishing the depth of Jupiter’s winds is one of key goals of the Juno mission, along with determining the water abundance and whether Jupiter formed in place, or as the leading theory now suggests, migrated inward from the colder neighborhood of Neptune.
About the speaker: Dr. Dowling is a foremost expert on Jupiter’s atmospheric dynamics. His work has shown that Jupiter’s jet streams, its brown and white stripes, are likely to be quite deep, which was a controversial result when it was first published in the late 1980s and early 1990s.