In this episode of Why With Nye, legendary educator Bill Nye gives you the scoop on NASA Juno’s historic Earth flyby on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. The Juno spacecraft will re-enter an Earth orbit during the flyby. It’ll use Earth’s gravity to slingshot it via gravity assist all the way to Jupiter. Watch Bill Nye explain why the Juno spacecraft is being routed so close to Earth, and what the craft will do when it reaches Jupiter in 2016.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.