NASA releases pictures of Jupiter's spot

Jul 14, 2017, 00:36
NASA releases pictures of Jupiter's spot

The storm has been monitored since 1830 and has possibly existed for more than 350 years.

The spacecraft captured images of the Great Red Spot and some other features of Jupiter during its Monday (July 10th) flyby.

Juno is making its closest path near Jupiter's red spot and photos have been released from the journey.

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As of April 3, 2017, the storm measured 10,159 miles across, or roughly 1.3 times as wide as our own planet. The spacecraft was only 5,600 miles above the storm, making the images the closest ever of the spot. This is the first time that JunoCam has been positioned to photograph the Great Red Spot up close.

Juno's images are part of the mission's outreach to the public, inviting "citizen scientists" to download the pictures for tweaking and enhancing.

All of Juno's data-collecting instruments were operating during the flyby including the JunoCam imager.

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On July 5 at 3.30am United Kingdom time, Juno logged exactly one year in Jupiter orbit, having travelled a total of 71 million miles (114.5 million km) around the gas giant. "I have been following the Juno mission since it launched", Major said.

"For hundreds of years scientists have been observing, wondering and theorizing about Jupiter's Great Red Spot", said Juno's principal investigator, Scott Bolton, in a statement.

So far, Juno has discovered the largest planet-Jupiter-is a "turbulent world, with an intriguingly complex interior structure, energetic polar aurora, and huge polar cyclones". "We are pleased to share the beauty and excitement of space science with everyone".

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