NASA’s Juno spacecraft sends back the first images of Jupiter’s north pole, which shows raging storms on the planet’s surface.
Studying Jupiter-like exoplanets outside the Solar System is considered valuable since whatever data will be gathered from other exoplanets can also be related to the Solar System.
Juno has successfully completed the first of 36 Jupiter flybys on Aug. 27 after entering the planet's orbit last July 4.
After reaching the farthest point of Jupiter's orbit, Juno is now on its way back to the planet. The orbit will be completed on Aug. 27 when the spacecraft will also execute the nearest passby above its cloud tops.
Juno reached the farthest point of Jupiters orbit on July 31 at about 5 million miles or 8 million kilometers away from the planet.
A new research study tries to explain the atmospheric heating near the Great Red Spot on Jupiter by suggesting that the solar energy is not responsible for the heating but gravity waves and acoustic waves.
NASA made Juno data available for download including 1,300 raw images taken by the JunoCam during the spacecraft's approach to its destination planet, Jupiter.
Juno sent the first image taken within Jupiter's orbit showing the planet and three of its four largest moons.
Juno engineers are set to make minor changes in the spacecraft's trajectory.
The solar-powered Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter and successfully entered the planet's orbit on July 4. It has turned its back on the Sun to be able to harvest solar energy while it orbits the planet for 20 months.
Juno will initiate a 35-minute engine burn to slow down and allow Jupiter's gravity to capture the spacecraft.
After five years, the Juno space probe is finally approaching the critical moment when it will try to go into orbit around Jupiter. Should it be successful, then it will provide Earth scientists with a view of the planet underneath its blanket of clouds.
NASA released the video of Juno's final approach to Jupiter, where the gas planet and its four biggest moons are visibly moving in what seems to be a welcome to Earth's spacecraft.
Jupiter's massive magnetic field causes invisible turbulence, this, in turn, caused spooky sounds or "roar" to form when Juno crossed over from space to enter the planet's magnetic field.