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NASA's Juno exits safe mode, ready for next Jupiter Flyby

NASA’s solar-powered Juno spacecraft is set for its next close flyby of Jupiter, after exiting its safe mode and completing a minor burn of its thruster engines. 
●    The spacecraft had entered safe mode on October 18 when a software performance monitor induced a reboot of the spacecraft’s onboard computer. 
●    The team is still investigating the cause of the reboot and assessing two main engine check valves.
●    In preparation for that close flyby of Jupiter, Juno executed an orbital trim manoeuvre using its smaller thrusters.
●    The burn, which lasted just over 31 minutes, changed Juno’s orbital velocity by about 2.6 meters per second and consumed about 3.6 kilogrammes of propellant.
●    Juno will perform its next science flyby of Jupiter on December 11. 
●    The complete suite of Juno’s science instruments, as well as the JunoCam imager, will be collecting data during the upcoming flyby.
 

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