NASA announced that it is extending missions to a pair of spacecraft after an external review of their scientific productivity. The two missions were Juno and InSight, both of which increased understanding of the solar system and led scientists to pose new sets of diverse questions. NASA says an independent review panel of experts with backgrounds in science, operations and task management has determined that both Juno and Insight have “produced exceptional science,” and have recommended that NASA continue both.
Juno and the team achieved his mission Important discoveries About the internal structure of Jupiter, the planet’s magnetic field, and the magnetosphere. The spacecraft and mission team also found that the dynamics of Jupiter’s atmosphere are much more complex than scientists previously thought. Juno’s science mission has been extended until September 2025 or the end of the spacecraft’s life.
The mission will continue to monitor Jupiter and expand the investigation to the larger Jupiter system, including its rings and large moons. Observation and flight operations are planned for the Jovian, Ganymede, Europa and Io moons. The InSight mission has been extended for two years and will run until December 2022. The spacecraft and the team are operating a highly sensitive seismometer to broaden the understanding of Mars, its crust and cover.
InSight is currently researching and identifying Mars earthquakes on the surface of the Red Planet. It also improves our scientific knowledge of the dynamics of the atmosphere, magnetic field, and the internal structure of Mars. The protracted mission will focus on producing long-term, high-quality seismic data.
The continued operation of the weather station and the burial of the seismic cord will contribute to the quality of the seismic data captured by the spacecraft. NASA also hopes that the expanded mission will continue to propagate the heat probe and document the physical properties of the spacecraft, albeit with low priority, which is still close to the surface of Mars.