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September 13 2012

Juno Jupiter probe gets British boost

Nasa's Juno spacecraft will execute the second of two big burns on its main engine on Tuesday.

The manoeuvre will put the probe on a path to flyby Earth in October next year. This sweep around the home planet will then give the mission a gravitational boost and the velocity required to get it out to Jupiter in July 2016.

What you might not know is that this critical event depends on British-designed and -built hardware.

Juno is equipped with a Leros-1b apogee engine prepared by Moog-ISP of Westcott.

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