NASA's solar-powered Spacecraft Juno launched on Friday to begin a 5-year journey to Jupiter in order to study the planet for one year.

The launch happened in Florida and the studies will include orbiting 33 times around the planet's poles and collecting data.

Scientists have a keen interest in Jupiter because of its composition, which is said to resemble a star, like the sun.

"It is by far the oldest planet, contains more material than all the other planets, asteroids and comets combined, and carries deep inside it the story of not only the solar system but of us. Juno is going there as our emissary ? to interpret what Jupiter has to say," said Scott Bolton, Juno's principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

Watch a video of the launch and look at the photos below.

Watch launch director Omar Baez discusses the countdown and launch of the Juno mission to Jupiter.