The stellar flyby
2-3 million years ago likely stabilized the planet's orbit, keeping it from flying away.
According to NASA, the Juno spacecraft captured this latest image of Jupiter during its 18th close flyby
of the planet on Feb.
On December 21, Juno will make its 16th flyby
of the planet, at which point it will be 3,140 miles above the cloud tops.
According to the ongoing proposal , the probe is assumed to be released by the main spacecraft after a few Europa flybys
have been completed.
See more images from the flyby
Mission scientists are hopeful data from that flyby
will provide evidence of how much hydrothermal activity is occurring in the moon's ocean, along with more detailed insights about the ocean's chemistry -- both of which relate to the potential habitability of Enceladus.
are the latest escalation in an increasingly tense test of wills between China and Japan for dominance of the East China Sea, which includes a group of uninhabited islets that both nations claim.
"Several physicists have proposed explanations of the Earth flyby
On the other hand, both the MESSENGER and Mariner 10 flybys
suggested that the planet has cooled substantially over time.
An analysis of data collected during the January flyby
of the spacecraft MESSENGER--which will begin a year-long orbit of Mercury in 2011-has revealed the origin of the planet's magnetic field, discovered evidence of early volcanic activity and provided a first look at the planet's surface composition.
A European spacecraft carried out a close flyby
of Mars yesterday, a crucial manoeuvre in its meandering, ten-year voyage through the solar system to make the first soft landing on a comet.
The Venus flyby
is the first of two that NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft will complete on its way to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun.