NASA’s Juno Space Probe Sends Back Stunning Photos of Jupiter



Traveling 1.74 billion miles over 5 years, NASA’s Juno space probe entered Jupiter’s polar orbit on July 5, 2016. Set to explore the Solar System’s largest planet until 2018. The Juno probe will provide valuable information previously unavailable to scientists.

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Jupiter on P1 Approach, August 27. (Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/J. Major
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South Pole Storms, Rendering. (Rachel Richards)

Already, interesting discoveries have been made. For instance, scientists have realized that Jupiter’s magnetic fields are much more  complex than previously thought.

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Jovian Flame ( NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Roman Tkachenko)

And the areas that give the planet’s cloud tops their unique look appear to extend  deep into its interior. 

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Jupiter’s great red spot as viewed from the South Pole. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Phablo Araujo)

Surely as the Juno probe continues its mission, more new and exciting developments will follow.

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An imagined view from a small, rocky object near Jupiter. Alongside the JunoCam photograph of Jupiter, this image composite includes Galileo images of Europa and Io. (Image via InvaderXan / supernovacondensate.net)

The JunoCam is a visible light camera and telescope that beams back images of Jupiter taken from the Juno probe.

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