February 2nd will mark one of NASA’s Juno space probe’s closest flybys to Jupiter. We are celebrating by sharing what we’ve learned along the way since Juno first set out to Jupiter with a newly released episode in our original series Destination: Jupiter! Then, travel to China during the peak of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations with our newly curated content collection, China. It’s a busy week for curious minds and we’ve got you covered with content spanning the globe and the Universe.
Seven months since the Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter on July 4th, 2016, the mission has started to lift the veil on the largest and most mysterious planet in our solar system. Since its initial approach, the craft has been on a 53-day orbit around the gas giant. Thus far, there have been three close flybys in August, October, and December of 2016. During that time, Juno has flown a mere 2600 miles above the Jovian clouds, employing eight cutting-edge space exploration instruments to collect images and peer below the thick atmosphere of the planet, hoping to reveal its inner most secrets.
As the next flyby approaches on February 2nd, the Juno team will be tasked with making an unexpected and critical trajectory decision, impacting the future of the carefully-planned mission. Review what has been uncovered so far in Mission Update, the second episode in our exclusive, original Destination: Jupiter series, and learn how you can become an active participant in the Juno Mission to Jupiter!
Chinese New Year
The most anticipated global event in China’s calendar is in full swing, when people take to the streets to ring in another year. Unlike the festivities of many countries, which always take place at midnight between December 31 and January 1, Chinese New Year is a moveable festivity. This year, the celebration began on January 27 (New Year’s Eve) and continue for around two weeks (ending on February 2) and the year will last until February 15, 2018. This year is the “Year of the Rooster” – those born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005 are known as Roosters.
To honor the occasion, we have created a new content collection, full of our most fascinating and informative documentaries about China. The collection contains 11 programs and spans over 12 hours, guaranteeing that you can become an expert on all things China by the time this year’s New Year celebrations come to a close.
Find the collection in its entirety here. Happy New Year!