Sunday, April 02, 2017

Stunning new views of Jupiter

Slide 1 of 11: Artist concept of Juno and Jupiter
NASA's Juno spacecraft has spent five long years traveling to Jupiter and has been beaming back incredible, never-before-seen images of the giant planet. Take a  look at some of the newest images from the mysterious gas giant. Most of them taken from about 9,ooo miles above the planet.

Slide 2 of 11: NASA’s Juno spacecraft soared directly over Jupiter’s south pole when JunoCam acquired this image.
Directly above the south pole

Slide 3 of 11: This enhanced-color image of a mysterious dark spot on Jupiter seems to reveal a Jovian “galaxy” of swirling storms.
Mysterious dark spot

Slide 4 of 11: This image of the sunlit part of Jupiter and its swirling atmosphere was created by a citizen scientist (Alex Mai) using data from Juno's JunoCam instrument. JunoCam's raw images are available at for the public to peruse and process into image products.  JPL manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA's New Frontiers Program, which is managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft. Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages JPL for NASA.  More information about Juno is online at htt
The sunlit side of Jupiter

Slide 5 of 11: This amateur-processed image was taken on Dec. 11, 2016, at 9:27 a.m. PST (12:27 p.m. EST), as NASA’s Juno spacecraft performed its third close flyby of Jupiter.
Closer fly-by

Slide 6 of 11: NASA’s Juno spacecraft skimmed the upper wisps of Jupiter’s atmosphere when JunoCam snapped this image on Feb. 2 at 5:13 a.m. PT (8:13 a.m. ET), from an altitude of about 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) above the giant planet’s swirling cloudtops.
Juno just skimmed the top of Jupiter's atmosphere to get these images of swirling clouds.

Slide 8 of 11: This image, taken by the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft, highlights a swirling storm just south of one of the white oval storms on Jupiter.
 Close-up image of a storm

Absolutely amazing images

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