Friday, August 5, 2011

Juno Launches for Jupiter

Click the arrow to watch the Juno launch. Video source: NASA.

After a delay of fifty-one minutes, Juno launched today at 12:25 PM EDT from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Click here to read the CNN report.

UPDATE August 6, 2011Florida Today reports that the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex attendance for the Juno launch was far greater than expected.

"Visitor attendance was double what a normal August day would be," KSC Visitor Complex spokeswoman Andrea Farmer said. "We blew away our expectations for attendance" ...

KSC Visitor Complex Sales and Marketing Director John Stine said the complex did extensive marketing in newspaper ads, on its Website, through email blasts, through promotions at local hotels and on social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to promote experiencing the Juno launch. The complex also had Juno-themed events at the complex on the two days leading up to the launch, including appearances by Bill Nye ("The Science Guy"), who is executive director of The Planetary Society.

In another article, Florida Today reports that "the launch Friday drew an extraordinary 10,000 people to VIP viewing sites at Kennedy Space Center."

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