A recent photo of Jupiter taken by the Juno spacecraft has given NASA a complete "new perspective" of the planet and its Great Red Spot.
The US space agency UU He reports that the photo was taken from the south and places the giant storm as if it were located in the northern territory of the giant gas planet. NASA says that this is the twelfth Juno's Jupiter overflight, and that the image attached at the top of the page was taken between 6:04 and 6:36 am on April 1.
When the Juno took the pictures, it was said to be between 10,768 and 42,849 miles from the top of the planet's clouds. The photographs were compiled by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstadt and Sean Doran, who used the spacecraft's image generator.
"This vision is unique to Juno and demonstrates how different our vision is when we come down from Earth and experience the true nature of our three" three-dimensional universe, "says a space agency statement.
" This vision is Juno's exclusive and demonstrates how different our vision is when we come down from Earth and experience the true nature of our three-dimensional universe. "
NASA's Juno spacecraft has shared a new level of Jupiter information with unprecedented detail since It arrived on the planet in July 2016. This includes new information about its unique atmosphere, its great storm of the Red Spot, its north pole and some photos that seem to belong to an art museum.
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) May 23, 2018
The spacecraft Juno of the US space agency was launched to unlock the secrets of Jupiter to improve the understanding not only of the origins of the solar system, but the giant planet as well. NASA reports that Juno's main goal is to determine how much water there is in the planet's atmosphere and measure its composition, temperature, cloud patterns and map its magnetic and gravity fields.
Some of his achievements include offering the first close-up view of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter, he discovered that the planet's atmosphere has characteristics like no other in the solar system, and that the storm of the Great Red Spot has been reducing for years, but as it shrinks it gets bigger.
This new information has allowed scientists with the space agency to continue and predict that the Great Red Spot will begin to disappear in the next 10 to 20 years.
Juno was originally launched in August 2011 and reached Jupiter in July 2016. The spacecraft plans to continue operating with its current budget until July. NASA says the team may propose to extend the mission beyond July 2018, so the Juno spacecraft may not be finished.
"The main objective of Juno is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter." Beneath its dense layer of clouds, Jupiter safeguards the secrets of the fundamental processes and conditions that govern our solar system during its formation, reports the agency. space.
"As our main example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge to understand planetary systems that are discovered around other stars."
– NASA's Juno Mission (@NASAJuno) May 18, 2018
– NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) May 18, 2018