NASA's Juno Probe Completes 10th Science Orbit of Jupiter
Juno spacecraft accomplished a close flyby over Jupiter's churning atmosphere this week, successfully completing its 10th science orbit.
NASA's Juno Probe Completes 10th Science Orbit of Jupiter (photo for representation, image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS)
Jupiter’s vibrant bands of light belts and dark regions appear primed for their closeup 📸 during @NASAJuno’s 10th flyby on Feb. 7. The science behind this beautiful image will help us understand the planet beneath those lush, swirling clouds: https://t.co/0NlT4hFcUF pic.twitter.com/AJ0HJDn0W9— NASA (@NASA) February 9, 2018
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Launched on August 5, 2011, Juno recently probed the depths of Jupiter's famous storm, the Great Red Spot. During its first pass over this iconic feature in July 2017, Juno found that the storm penetrates well below the clouds -- about 300 kilometres into the planet's atmosphere. Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a giant oval of crimson-coloured clouds in Jupiter's southern hemisphere that race counter-clockwise around the oval's perimeter with wind speeds greater than any storm on Earth. It is about 1.3 times as wide as Earth.
The spacecraft arrived in orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016. During its mission of exploration, Juno soars low over the planet's cloud tops -- as close as about 3,400 kilometres. During these flybys, Juno is probing beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and studying its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.
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