Many of us are interested in Jupiter since there is a lot to love about it. Especially, as NASA’s $1 billion probe has sent back new pictures of the gas planet.
The Juno spacecraft that was built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems was launched in August 2011. Eventually, it entered the orbit of Jupiter on 4th July 2016. The elliptical orbit of the probe keeps it close to Jupiter once in every 54 days. Perhaps, the probe is the fastest human-made object in the solar system.
The basic mission of the probe is to study the magnetic field, the composition and the gravity of Jupiter. Apart from its primary mission, the JunoCam of it also allows it to take close-up shots of the planet.
The 8th fly-by of it was made on the 24th of October 2017. It was able to snap striking images of the planet’s atmosphere while traveling roughly 130,000 miles per hour. The atmosphere of Jupiter is a turbulent mess of helium and hydrogen gases. The close-ups that were taken by it were finally received by NASA on the 31st of October 2017. The raw and the grainy close-ups were done with a bit of editing by the outsiders related to the space agency.
“Brand new Jupiter pics from @NASAJuno Perijove 09! What a blimmin’ gorgeous/diabolical planet”
The final results were fantastic.
Here you are with the latest photographs of Jupiter:
Have you enjoyed all the stunning images of the gas planet that has an average temperature of -148 °C?
As Sci-Tech Universe reports, the spacecraft will continue to document Jupiter for as long as possible. But not forever.