Lockheed Takes Delivery of Juno’s Twin Magnetometers

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Magnetometers developed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the Juno mission to Jupiter have been delivered to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, NASA announced Oct. 27.

The magnetometers were designed and built by an in-house team of Goddard scientists, engineers and technicians to map Jupiter’s magnetic field. Each magnetometer will carry a pair of nonmagnetic star cameras designed and built by a team led by John Jorgensen at the Danish Technical University in Copenhagen.

Juno is scheduled for launch in August 2011 aboard an Atlas 5 rocket. It is the second mission in NASA’s New Frontiers outer planet exploration program.