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NASA Juno Craft Relies On "JEDI"

Posted By Eric on August 10, 2011

On Friday, NASA launched the Juno spacecraft on a five-year journey to Jupiter. The craft is carrying a variety of instruments that it will use to study the planet, including, as it turns out, one with a Star Wars-inspired name. Astrobiology Magazine explains (emphasis mine):

"A Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) instrument that will delve into the dynamics of the solar system’s largest planetary magnetic field was launched aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

The Jupiter Energetic-particle Detector Instrument (JEDI) will measure energetic particles that flow through and are trapped within Jupiter’s space environment, called a “magnetosphere,” and study how those particles interact with Jupiter’s swirling atmosphere."


Sounds like someone at Johns Hopkins APL is a Star Wars fan -- not surprising, given the nature of their work. You can read more about Jupiter's JEDI instrument at Astrobiology Magazine's website.


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