NASA’s Juno spacecraft reached a major milestone recently when it completed 9.46 astronomical units of travel (about 880 million miles), putting it halfway along its journey to Jupiter. Now in its third year of a five-year journey to Jupiter, Juno is about 35 million miles from Earth. This October, the spacecraft will increase its velocity by 16,330 mph (7.3 kilometers per second) when it makes a flyby of Earth and comes within 347 mile of our planet.
Juno was launched in August 2011. It is scheduled to make it to Jupiter in July 2016.