IamA Software Engineer who worked on Juno (satellite going into Jupiter orbit today) AMA!
My short bio: I was a space nerd growing up, and my 2nd assignment out of undergraduate was a dream come true: working on the fault protection systems for the Juno and GRAIL spacecraft (which were being developed simultaneously). I also worked on testing the software for the missions once development was complete.
Today, almost 5 years after I watched in awe of my work roaring away from a launch pad in Florida, Juno has finally arrived at Jupiter and is ready to begin its mission! Watch JOI (Jupiter Orbit Insertion) coverage on NASA TV.
If I can't answer your question (especially if it's about the science-y stuff), JPL has a great press kit containing lots of detailed information about the mission and the science it'll be doing. A couple flight engineers also did an AMA a few days ago, and your question may have been asked and answered there.
My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/ilZ9D - note some of the proof is GRAIL related.
- 8:42 Eastern - gonna take a break for dinner and enjoy some of the holiday with friends, but I'll be back later to answer more questions. I'm having a great time, and thank you all for the questions and being excited about space!
- 10:20 Eastern - I'm back-- less than an hour to go to JOI! IT'S HAPPENING!
- 11:55 Eastern - BURN COMPLETE! WE DID IT! I am extremely happy/relieved. I'm going to have an adult beverage or three to celebrate. Thanks for participating, everyone. I'm happy to keep answering questions, but I'm gonna call it a night for the AMA.
Hey, all, a former coworker with me on Juno (who remembers a lot more than I do) has asked me to post some comments on his behalf. I'm prefixing them with "LM" -- he wants to remain anonymous.