Jupiter mission added to list of NASA's July 4th missions

Jupiter mission added to list of NASA's July 4th missions
Jupiter mission added to list of NASA's July 4th missions

NASA's Juno spacecraft will begin orbiting Jupiter this July 4th, after traveling 5 years in space.

This is not the first time NASA has made history on the Fourth of July. Here's a few times we celebrated Independence Day in space, without Will Smith...

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1982: President Reagan welcomes astronauts returning from a space shuttle test flight, declaring the Columbia space mission a go!

1997: The very first Mars Rover touches down on the red planet, a milestone in Mars exploration.

2005: The first man-made object is landed on a comet. NASA smashes a space probe into Comet Tempel 1 at 23,000 mph.

2006: The space shuttle Discovery launches as astronauts deliver supplies to the International Space Station. They spend July 4 and the next two weeks orbiting Earth.

Click through the gallery Scott Kelly playing water ping pong in space...

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