Space Science Seminar: Is Jupiter a Colossal Comet? Will Juno Tell?

Dr. Fran Bagenal, University of Colorado, Boulder

Tuesday 13 May 2014, 1400-1500
Cavendish Colloquium Room

Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission to the planet Jupiter. Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5, 2011 and will arrive in July 2016. Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission to the planet Jupiter. Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5, 2011 and will arrive in July 2016.

In July 2016, the Juno spacecraft will go into a polar orbit around Jupiter and employ a variety of techniques to measure the deep interior of the planet as well as fly over Jupiter's dramatic aurora. In this seminar Dr. Fran Bagenal will discuss the mission and its science objectives.

Dr. Bagenal is professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is co-investigator and team leader of the plasma investigations on NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Juno mission to Jupiter. Her main area of expertise is the study of charged particles trapped in planetary magnetic fields.

Dr. Bagenal received her bachelor degree in Physics and Geophysics from the Lancaster University, and her doctorate degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from MIT in 1981. She spent five years as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College, London, before returning to the United States for research and faculty positions in Boulder, Colorado. She has participated in many of NASA's planetary exploration missions, including Voyager 1 and 2, Galileo, and Deep Space 1.