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Juno probe successfully enters orbit around Jupiter

The solar-powered space probe Juno has entered orbit around Jupiter to explore the giant planet, Nasa said.

The spacecraft, named after the Roman goddess, successfully completed a manoeuvre that saw it fire a rocket to slow its 150,000 mph (250,000 kph) approach to the gas giant.

Cheers and applause erupted in NASA's mission control in California when a signal arrived confirming the burn was complete.

However it will be some time before Juno begins beaming data and images back to Earth, as the spacecraft's camera and other instruments were switched off for arrival.

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Juno mission to Jupiter 'like a dream come true'

The leader of the NASA team behind the successful Juno mission to Jupiter has hailed the team effort behind the project, describing its completion as a "dream come true".

Speaking at a press conference after the space probe began its orbit of the solar system's biggest planet, Scott Bolton said: "NASA did it again. That says it all to me.

"I am so happy to be part of the team that did that. This team has worked so hard and we have just such great people and it's almost like a dream coming true right here."

Food artist creates welcome home Tim Peake portrait

Gloucestershire food artist creates welcome home Tim Peake cake Credit: Hungry Horse

A Gloucestershire food artist has created a welcome home portrait of British astronaut Tim Peake.

Prudence Staite made it entirely from roast dinner ingredients, which is one of the foods he said he wouldn't have been able to eat on his six month expedition.

It took 20 hours to build and contains 2.5 kg of roast potatoes, 500g carrots, 400g garden peas, 3kg cauliflower, 46 Yorkshire puddings, 2.5kg of meat and 1 litre of gravy.

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Parachute from space balloon falls to earth

Students have found a parachute from a high altitude balloon they sent into the Near Space region of the earth's atmosphere.

The balloon on its ascent to Near Space Credit: ITV News Anglia

Pupils at Fakenham Academy in Norfolk launched the balloon from Elsworth in Cambridgeshire, and it rose to more than 26,000 metres.

The balloon burst, as planned, when it reached high altitude and the parachute with a computer and camera attached came down at Bourne near Peterborough.

Astronaut Tim Peake tweets school from space

Tim Peake is currently serving on a joint ESA mission on-board the International Space Station. Credit: PA

Pupils at Stoke Primary School in Coventry were delighted after British astronaut Tim Peake answered their tweet, whilst orbiting the Earth on-board the International Space Station.

Peake, who is currently the only British astronaut to ever perform a space walk, was responding to a tribute Year 1 students had sent him, after being inspired by his mission.

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