NASA has released beautiful new images of Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere from the tenth close flyby of its Juno spacecraft.
Juno launched on August 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and arrived in orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016.
The spacecraft is in a polar orbit around the gas giant, and the majority of each orbit is spent well away from the planet.
But, once every 53 days, Juno’s trajectory approaches Jupiter from above its north pole, where it begins a 2-hr transit — from pole to pole — flying north to south.
During these flybys, the spacecraft is probing beneath the obscuring cloud cover of the giant planet and studying its auroras to learn more about its origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.
At the time of the closest approach, or perijove, Juno was about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) above the planet’s atmosphere.
All of Juno’s science instruments and its JunoCam, a visible-light camera designed to capture remarkable pictures of Jupiter’s poles and cloud tops, were operating during the flyby to collect data.
Source: Sci News