On the Radar: Jupiter mission, jobs for vets, Tiger's return
LEGO mini-statues of the mythological god Jupiter, left, his wife Juno, and the astronomer Galileo will be aboard the Mission Juno satellite.
August 5th, 2011
06:02 AM ET

On the Radar: Jupiter mission, jobs for vets, Tiger's return

Three things you need to know today.

Jupiter mission: NASA plans to launch its Mission Juno satellite on Friday to begin a five-year, 400-million-mile journey to Jupiter that the space agency hopes will help reveal how our solar system was formed.

Liftoff is scheduled for 11:34 a.m. ET.

Mission Juno will offer unprecedented insight into the formation of our solar system by investigating what lies underneath Jupiter's atmosphere, astronomers said at Kennedy Space Center. Jupiter is known for its violent storms and gaseous atmosphere.

Scott Bolton, principal investigator for the mission, said Jupiter - which is 1,300 times larger than Earth - holds a key to understanding the solar system because it's believed to be the first planet to have formed after the sun.

While this is not a manned mission, the satellite will carry a crew of three LEGO figures, 1.5-inch-tall likenesses of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno.

Galileo is credited with several discoveries about Jupiter, including finding four of its moons. The LEGO figurine will carry a telescope to salute this.

The mythological Jupiter was a mischief-maker who surrounded himself in clouds. Juno was able to see through those clouds to see what her husband was up to. The LEGO Juno will carry a magnifying glass on the mission while Jupiter carries a lightning bolt.

LEGO is partnering with NASA to promote children's interest in science, math, engineering and technology.

Jobs for vets: President Barack Obama will outline a new initiative Friday that aims to  help former members of the military find private sector jobs, part of a renewed job creation effort focusing on  unemployed veterans.

In a speech at the Washington Navy Yard, the president is expected to lay out a series of reforms that his administration is pledging will better prepare service members for the civilian work force and encourage employers to hire recent veterans.

Among the president's proposals will be a "Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credit," which would provide businesses that hire veterans a tax break, varying in size depending on how long the newly hired veteran has been unemployed and whether he or she has a disability.

At minimum in the president's proposal includes a $2,400 credit for hiring a short-term unemployed veteran while a $9,600 credit would be available for hiring a long-term unemployed and disabled veteran.

Tiger's comeback: Tiger Woods begins the second round of his comeback after three months off from golf due to injury. After one round of the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Woods is six strokes behind leader Adam Scott.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Gary Van Sickle looks at what Woods showed us in shooting a first-round, two under par 68.

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  1. toes

    Is Jupiter where the Juuuus originally came from? Juuuus are cool.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. U-Turn

    Actually, after further inspection, Juno is wielding a frying pan, not a mirror. Back to the kitchen with you woman!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
    • StarShooter7

      Actually U-Turn, Juno is holding a magnifying glass, not a mirror. So, U-Turn, make a U-Turn into the kitchen and cook me up some eggs (sunny-side up), a bunch of bacon strips, some slightly burned hash browns, large cup of coffee (black), and a cherry danish. Hubba-Hubba. Oh, and the morning newspaper.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      I have to agree with U-Turn. I thought it was a frying pan at first. I didn't know what it really was until I read the article.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. name

    how stupid is this story?

    August 5, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      Obviously it was intriguing enough for you to post a comment. 😛

      August 5, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. fulcrum

    We could be providing a miniscule developing E.T. species with three lifeless idols to worship and theorize about.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    NASA's exploration of Jupiter is an ideal place for the USA's tax money to be used.
    It benefits all of our citizens.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      Sorry, you must have Jupiter mixed up with Uranus

      August 5, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    Heaven forbid we should spend that money on other worthwhile projects.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      Yes, we can begin with my wallet.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. George

    better to spend the money here than on welfare.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The purpose of government is not the "creation" of jobs.
    If the government needs to build a bride or a school, there will be jobs, but creating jobs just to "make work" is futile. We don't need woven baskets and artistic photographs for which there is no real market demand.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Uraluni

      How many people does it take to build a bride? I wouldn't think it would be a statistically significant number.

      August 5, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. StarShooter7

    Actually U-Turn, Juno is holding a magnifying glass, not a mirror. So, U-Turn, make a U-Turn into the kitchen and cook me up some eggs (sunny-side up), a bunch of bacon strips, some slightly burned hash browns, large cup of coffee (black), and a cherry danish. Hubba-Hubba.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      I am sorry is your name StarShooter7 or are you Medea in disguise?

      August 5, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Eggo

    So NASA is being used to market LEGO now? Wow.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • StarShooter7

      Well, as part of the government, they are broke, so they have to generate revenue somehow. It's a 'basic building block' strategy.

      August 5, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. ngc1300

    You're right. Afghanistan , Iraq, and Libya are much better places for American tax dollars to be used. They benefit all our citizens.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Because NASA's research has never resulted in anything...

      August 5, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jack

    I think NASA has been taken over by children.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Badonkadonk!

    This article needs more B( . )( . )BS!!!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Corn liquor enema

    What if jupiter was like hell when it gets there. That would be cool

    August 5, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. macthek9

    Typical humans.... Lets trash Jupiter now!

    August 5, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • SPACEJUNKMANIA

      I know.... I mean, why don't they send my box of rubbish to Jupiter too.... Heck, lets just start a Trash Dump their! HAHA!!

      August 5, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
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