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JONES: I think they are complimentary in that they are going after different aspects of the Jupiter system. Galileo did study the planet's upper atmosphere and dropped the probe into its depths, but it also focused largely on the moons, the geology of solar system that Jupiter itself commands.

But Juno now is going to look into these radiation belts, map the inner core of Jupiter. It's probably made of metallic hydrogen under immense pressure and Galileo was too far away from the radiation belts for safety reasons to probe that inner structure of Jupiter. So that's what Juno's mission is to get into depths of Jupiter with its suite of seven instruments.

MCDOWELL: What kind of pictures can you -- can we expect to see from Juno -- Juno as it orbits Jupiter?

JONES: Well, there is a Juno cam, a camera that is color camera that can look at the cloud tops of Jupiter and show us the Aurora, the northern and southern lights of Jupiter and because Juno get as close as about 3,000 miles from cloud tops far closer than Galileo ever got.

We are going to get some very detailed close-ups of the cloud bands that mark Jupiter, and these close-ups I think will give us more insights into the weather systems and the different chemical compositions of these cloud belts and how deeply they penetrate into the Jupiter atmosphere.

MCDOWELL: In terms of the -- I think we can call it the space race, I wanted to move to Jeff Bezos, his Blue Origin is raising the stakes in this race. They are starting construction on a new factory in Florida to build full scale rockets that can reach the International Space Station.

And it could -- the project surely will give Elon Musk's Spacex and there is another one that's a joint venture between two of the big defense companies a run for its money. Is this a positive sign that you see so much private money pouring into this race?

JONES: True. It is competition that is going to be good for the taxpayer, if NASA buys these launch services look at a lower price as a result of the competition. I think Jeff Bezos' corner with new rocket factory at Kennedy Space Center is to compete for the orbital satellite and tourism business that Elon Musk has been talking about for the last five or ten years.

So Musk has been successful in launching supply ships to the International Space Station and launching satellites and now Bezos is moving from suborbital or cannonball style tourism in the next couple years to this orbital market where you are going to see the growth in industrial and economic purposes of using space, the commercialization of low earth orbit.

MCDOWELL: Seeing these pictures and seeing what is happening with the Juno orbiter around Jupiter is really uplifting, but do you think, Tom, that U.S. given the fact that our astronauts to International Space Station have hitch to ride with the Russians, have we taken a backseat in recent years and does that bother you at all?

JONES: Well, it bothers me that we don't devote equal energy to all aspects of our space program. We sort of dropped the ball on human spaceflight and let the Russians carry us to the space station for the last five years and it's going to be another couple of years before we start our own rockets, under commercial auspices getting up to the space station.

So here we are the only country that's ever visited Jupiter with our spacecraft, the only ones who have landed successfully on Mars and yet we sort of left the human space flight program lag behind, I think it's going to revive in the next couple of years. I am very optimistic about that. It could have been done far faster, though.

MCDOWELL: For somebody who spent every summer at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., it gives inspiration to a lot of kids to work in math and science. So I relate to that Tom. It's was so great to see you. Thanks for being here so early this morning.

JONES: Thank you, Dagen. Good to be with you all.

MCDOWELL: Happy Independence Day to you. I hope it was a fun one.

Next hour, Hillary Clinton speaking to the FBI over the weekend just ahead of hitting the campaign trail with President Obama. More on that after the break.


MCDOWELL: Good morning, everybody. I'm Dagen McDowell. Maria Bartiromo will be back tomorrow. It is Tuesday, July 7th. Your top stories at almost 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

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