Officials from NASA have recently announced that they had received new images from Juno. These are the first that the spacecraft sent back to the scientists since it started its mission on August 27. Juno is orbiting Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.
The new images from Juno are stored on six megabytes, according to official sources. The photos expose Jupiter’s North and South poles for the first time. Scientists were able to observe that the poles of the giant plant are blue. Another observation they were able to make it that phenomena such as storms occur in there too.
Researchers had a slightly different idea of the topography and the environment of Jupiter before receiving this set of new data.
The high-tech camera which took the new photos is only one of the eight scientific types of equipment on Juno. Scientists also had their first infrared images of Jupiter’s poles. Apart from the storms, one of the fascinating phenomena they were able to see was the southern aurora. It seems like the amazing phenomenon occurs at Jupiter’s South Pole.
By analyzing the new images from Jun0, NASA researchers found more information on Jupiter’s poles. They discovered that there are hot and warm areas.
NASA launched the Juno spacecraft five years ago, on August 5, 2011. It only reached the planet this summer, on July 4. All of its eight scientific tools were off during the journey, to assure the safe arrival of the spacecraft at its destination. This way, the scientists helped the spacecraft save its energy.
Juno’s first flyby occurred on August 27, and the scientists have been eager to receive the newly collected data ever since. It is only on August 27 that the scientific instruments were turned on, and Juno was able to start collecting information.
So far, Juno has only performed one of its missions. NASA scientists scheduled more than thirty such missions for the spacecraft.
When the scientists developed the spacecraft, they always kept in mind they would send it to Jupiter. This is how they come up with the idea of naming the spacecraft “Juno”. According to distant Roman legends, Jupiter was the supreme god, while Juno was his wife. Researchers thought they should reunite the mighty, legendary couple in modern days, too.
For the time being, the NASA researchers were able to observe temperature features and some characteristic phenomena of Jupiter based on the new images from Juno. However, further analyses will be carried out. Scientists are looking forward to the results, as well as receiving new sets of data.
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