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NASA’s $1 Billion Jupiter Probe Just Sent Back Photos Of The Beautiful Gas Planet

Truth TheoryMay 9, 2020, 9:35:33 AM

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

There’s a lot to love about Jupiter — especially now that NASA’s $1 billion probe has sent back new images of the planet.

In August 2011, the Juno Spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, launched into space. On July 4, 2016, it finally entered Jupiter’s orbit. Every 54 days, the probe’s elliptical orbit places it close to the planet and for a time, it is the fastest man-made object in the solar system.

Though the probe’s primary scientific mission is to study Jupiter’s magnetic field, composition and gravity field, the probe also has a camera (known as JunoCam) that allows for close-up photographs to be taken.

On October 24, the probe made its eighth fly-by (or perijove) of Jupiter. Traveling roughly 130,000 miles per hour, it snapped some compelling photographs of the planet’s atmosphere (which is a turbulent mess of hydrogen and helium gases). On October 31, 2017, the photos were finally received by NASA. Because the images were raw and grainy, the space agency commissioned outsiders to do some touch-ups and add more color.

“Brand new Jupiter pics from @NASAJuno Perijove 09! What a blimmin’ gorgeous/diabolical planet,” Seán Doran, a UK-based graphic artist who regularly processes NASA images, tweeted on Tuesday.

The finished result is dreamy


Following are new photographs of Jupiter:

The next date the Juno Spacecraft will enter a perijove is on December 16, 2017. For now, we’ll just enjoy these captivating photos of the planet, which 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.

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Sources: Fortune

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