Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald and was originally published July 8.
It took five years, but NASA’s most successful solar-powered spacecraft dropped into orbit around Jupiter this week, notably on the Fourth of July.
The spacecraft Juno had to hit the brakes to slow its speed by more than 1,200 mph to execute the dicey maneuvering required to get into the planet’s orbit. But in it went. Now the real fun begins: Let the scientific discovery commence.