At the same time when the majority of the NASA executives were eating breakfast on Wednesday morning, the space bureau’s Juno exploration was screeching above the cloud roofs of Jupiter at about 130,000 miles per hour.
The mission that is priced at $1 billion sends Juno revolving about the planet on an elliptical orbit around one time in every 53.5 days. The probe effected its eleventh narrow pass, or perijove, about 9:36 a.m. ET on February 7, which helped it to get amazingly beautiful pictures of the gas planet in the method.
Jupiter’s latest pictures show enormous rings of whirling winds and a strangely shiny, pillowy cloud, amongst different characteristics.
At times, it takes Juno days ( or even weeks ) to transmit back all of its raw copy data, but the JunoCam instrument’s unparalleled view is constantly worth the delay.
Here are several of the attractive fresh pictures we’ve observed from Juno’s newest orbit.
Juno’s journey started with its launch on August 5, 2011. It took the spaceship almost five years to enter the orbit of Jupiter.
Radiation fields about Jupiter are so powerful that they can destroy electronics, so NASA set Juno on a plan to use very limited time nearby to the planet.
Juno pulls off a two-hour flyby, called a perijove, once every 53.5 days — the length of its wild orbit around Jupiter.
Storming the planet reduces radiation pollution yet permits unprecedented views like this one. In this picture, a single and strangely luminous cloud are detected in a maelstrom of storms.
Juno is the first and only spacecraft ever to spy on Jupiter’s poles.
Those poles are choked with clusters of storms, some the size of Earth’s continents or oceans.
The Great Red Spot, which is shrinking daily — and may vanish within a decade or two.
But we may see a new superstorm emerge on the planet during our lifetimes.
NASA believes Juno can examine Jupiter for minimum two or three years further. Juno could probe beyond the planet’s thick clouds with its non-camera instruments, and expose unique features regarding Jupiter’s internal composition.
Meanwhile, we believe Juno will proceed to transmit back beautiful fresh images of the solar system’s biggest planet.
The pictures received online seldom come from NASA, though: The information becomes posted to a specific website where a community of science and art lovers can take the black-and-white records and twitch them into beautiful color photos, which they upload back to the website.