Side of Jupiter that you have never seen, new images captured by NASA
Photographs from the outer space always fascinate us, because much of the space is still a mystery and the way it unfolds in an image, I truly amazing. One such event happened when Juno Spacecraft took several pictures of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Pictures of Jupiter have been taken before but its South Pole never got any attention.
In a new series of images captured by Juno Spacecraft we get a look at an amazing picture of planet’s South Pole.
Earlier the pictures showed only the mixes of browns, red and the milky stuff on the planet but this image of South Pole is shows a more colorful side of the planet.
The photos, while similar, are actually taken from slightly different angles and were captured over the course of about 40 minutes as the Juno spacecraft swung around the planet’s south pole. The trip was Juno’s 11th close flyby of Jupiter, having already delivered some fantastic images over the past few months.
“At the time, the spacecraft was between 85,292 to 124,856 miles (137,264 to 200,937 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds of the planet with the images centered on latitudes from 84.1 to 75.5 degrees south,” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains. “Directly, the images show Jupiter. But, through slight variations in the images, they indirectly capture the motion of the Juno spacecraft itself, once again swinging around a giant planet hundreds of millions of miles from Earth.”
Juno first arrived at Jupiter in July of 2016 after being launched way back in 2011. Its primary mission is two years of science observation of the planet, which it is scheduled to wrap up in about six months from now. However, the spacecraft will have the opportunity to gain a new lease on life with an extended mission and additional goals once it reaches that point. Many NASA spacecraft have continued to provide valuable insights and data well past the end of their primary missions, and it seems likely that Juno will get the chance to do the same.
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