How Juno Probe sees Jupiter? NASA Releases First In-orbit View

How Juno Probe sees Jupiter? NASA Releases First In-orbit View

NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which has started orbiting Jupiter, has beamed back first image of the most massive planet in the solar system. The Jovian orbiter captured the image on July 10 using its JunoCam camera.

The image taken shows Great Red Spot and three moons- Io, Europa and Ganymede- of Jupiter. Other atmosphere features are also visible in the picture. NASA released the image on Tuesday for space enthusiasts. It also revealed that the probe will capture the first high-resolution picture of the planet after a few weeks from now.

When JunoCam snapped the picture, Juno was around 2.7 million miles from Jupiter.

While explaining the new view, Scott Bolton, the mission’s principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute, said the new image is a proof showing that the Juno camera has managed to survive harsh environment of the gas giant. Now, mission controllers are waiting for pictures of Jupiter's poles, Bolton added.

JunoCam aboard the craft is a color, visible-light camera that acts as Juno’s eyes. It is capable of clicking high-resolution pictures of Jupiter’s clouds and its poles. “JunoCam will continue to take images as we go around in this first orbit. The first high-resolution images of the planet will be taken on August 27 when Juno makes its next close pass to Jupiter”, said Candy Hansen, co-investigator of Juno mission from the Planetary Science Institute, in a statement.

With an aim to explore Jupiter, the Juno spacecraft will orbit the giant planet around 37 times. It will look through the dense clouds of the Jovian world to understand its origin and how it reached the place where it is today.

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