NASA is launching the Juno spacecraft this afternoon on a six-year mission to study Jupiter.The launch takes place around 11:30 a.m. Eastern. You can watch it live right here.
Juno will take five years to reach Jupiter, and spend another year orbiting the planet, studying its atmosphere and magnetic field. NASA believes Jupiter was the first planet to form after the sun, and hopes the mission will give us hints at how our early solar system developed.
After the year-long study, Juno will de-orbit into Jupiter’s atmosphere.