A $1.1 billion NASA spacecraft called Juno began its attempt late Monday to orbit Jupiter on a high-stakes mission to probe the solar system’s origin.

Juno closed in on the largest planet in our cosmic neighborhood, five years after the unmanned solar-powered observatory launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The spacecraft was traveling at a speed of more than 130,000 miles per hour (209,200 kilometers per hour) when it fired its engines to slow down enough to be captured into Jupiter’s orbit.

This “burn,” or orbit insertion, began at 11:18 pm (0318 GMT) and should last around 35 minutes… see more

source: Khaleejtimes