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Earth flyby gives Juno probe a boost to Jupiter

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Earth flyby gives Juno probe a boost to Jupiter

A NASA spacecraft bound for Jupiter zoomed by Earth on Wednesday, picking up some much-needed speed for the long and looping trip to the solar system’s largest planet.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft came within 347 miles (558 kilometers) of Earth during its closest approach, which occurred at 3:21 p.m. ET over South Africa. The probe was expected to photograph Earth and the moon during the flyby, mission team members said.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft came within 347 miles (558 kilometers) of Earth during its closest approach, which occurred at 3:21 p.m. ET over South Africa. The probe was expected to photograph Earth and the moon during the flyby, mission team members said.

Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech

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