NASA's $1 Billion Probe Just Sent Back More Mind-Meltingly Gorgeous New Images of Jupiter - Physics-Astronomy.org

NASA's $1 Billion Probe Just Sent Back More Mind-Meltingly Gorgeous New Images of Jupiter

The Juno spacecraft recently delivered a new batch of data, and the images it included are even more spectacular than the batch of data. Juno probe was launched by NASA toward Jupiter in August 2011. Juno probe arrived at its destination in July 2016. Every 53.5 days since its arrival, Juno probe has made an orbital maneuver called a perijove.

During a perijove, the spacecraft plunges over the north pole of Jupiter, screams past the Jovian cloud at the speed of 130,000 mph, and exits at the South Pole. This extremely elliptical hoop helps defend the spacecraft's electronics from Jupiter's great radiation fields while also permitting it to record extraordinary observations.
Artist’s illustration of Juno Orbiting Jupiter


NASA’s $1-billion mission magnificently performed its 13th perijove on May 24.

Graphic artist Seán Doran and NASA’s software engineer Kevin M. Gill have since handled the raw image files into colorful works.

Below are some of the most breathtaking pictures from Juno's newest trip around Jupiter. 

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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