NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP ) — An American spacecraft has gone where no man has gone before.

The NASA spacecraft Juno reached Jupiter Monday night.

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Ground controllers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Lockheed Martin cheered and gave each other high-fives when the solar-powered spacecraft beamed home news that it was circling Jupiter’s poles.

The spinning, solar-powered spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit shortly before midnight after completing a 35-minute engine burn. The high stakes maneuver allowed Juno, roughly the size of a basketball court, to slow itself down significantly and hit a target just a few miles wide, CBS2’s Hena Daniels reported.

NASA designed the spacecraft to withstand the intense radiation belts and a ring of debris surrounding the planet. Juno began it’s epic journey to explore the king of the planets nearly five years ago and has so far traveled close to 2 billion miles.

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Scientists have promised close-up views of the planet when Juno skims the cloud tops during the 20-month mission.

Scientists hope to learn more about the planet’s composition and uncover new clues about how our solar system began.

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