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NASA’s Juno mission orbits Jupiter? Love it.

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The Juno mission launched August 5, 2011, and will orbit the planet for 20 months to collect data on the planetary core, map the magnetic field, and measure the amount of water and ammonia in the atmosphere.
The Juno mission launched August 5, 2011, and will orbit the planet for 20 months to collect data on the planetary core, map the magnetic field, and measure the amount of water and ammonia in the atmosphere. NASA via AP

Dear NASA Juno Mission,

We love you to Jupiter and back.

Get it? You get cable on those fancy computers right? OK, seriously though 

We heard about you starting to orbit Jupiter after journeying for five years to study the planet. Congrats! And to do it on Fourth of July? Perfection.

And the cherry on top was when you announced it to the Twitter-verse with “Engine burn complete and orbit obtained. I’m ready to unlock all your secrets, #Jupiter. Deal with it.”

With wit like that, you’ll be fine all by your lonesome for the next 20 months, doing science.

Mark Watney would be proud, along with a host of nonfictional astronauts and scientists.

We are rooting for you and your learning the “secret recipe for planets” during your mission.

“What is more American than a NASA mission going boldly where no spacecraft has gone before?” NASA administrator Charlie Bolden said in a news statement.

We agree, and we can’t wait to see what you learn.

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