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Juno probe blasts off for Jupiter

NASA has launched its Juno spacecraft bound for Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.

The solar-powered Juno probe launched atop an unmanned Atlas V rocket at 12:25 p.m. ET Friday from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Juno will travel 2,800 million kilometres and take about five years before it reaches Jupiter.

Once there, it will orbit Jupiter’s poles 30 times to find out more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere, the agency said.