NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Sent Back Stunning Photos Of Jupiter And a Timelapse Video

“Jupiter completely fills the image, with only a hint of the terminator in the upper right corner, and no visible curved edge of the planet,” NASA wrote about the above shot.

Eichstädt and Doran released several other Juno probe images that they edited last month:



According to NASA, the Juno program is a $1.1 billion endeavor to “understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter.” The probe has instruments on board that allow it to map Jupiter’s gravity fields, investigate the composition of its atmosphere and monitor the planet’s auroras, among other tasks.

The probe fully orbits Jupiter once every 53 days and ventures as close as 2,600 miles to the planet’s surface. Its current mission is slated to continue through July, but scientists may propose to extend it at that time.

“Juno is providing spectacular results, and we are rewriting our ideas of how giant planets work,” Scott Bolton, a principal investigator on the Juno program, said in a statement last February.


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