Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Juno sends first image of Jupiter – Gazeta Wyborcza

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             On a photo & # x119; five visible from left:  Jupiter, Io, Europa and Ganymede

The picture shows from left: Jupiter, Io, Europa and Ganymede (Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS)



This colorful picture, one of the first sent by the probe since last week entered orbit around Jupiter, testifies to the fact that the camera endured radiation of the gas giant and is ready to work.





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The photo was taken on July 10, when Juno was 4.3 million kilometers from Jupiter, which is the purpose of the observation. It shows the characteristic atmosphere of the planet, together with the Great Red Spot, which is a permanent anticyclone blowing for at least 350 years - the storm is so vast that it can be observed from Earth even through amateur telescopes. In addition, the probe captured in the photo three of the four largest moons of Jupiter - Io, Europe and Ganymede.

Juno will continue to observe the planet, and the first high-resolution images will perform Aug. 27, when it will be closest to Jupiter. During the entire mission is scheduled 37 flights probe around the planet. At that time, Juno will study cloud cover, as well as appearing in an atmosphere of a gas giant auroras. Scientists believe that in this way we will learn more about the circumstances of the creation of Jupiter, as well as its construction and the surrounding atmosphere and magnetosphere.

She probe is part of the space program, "New Frontiers" (New Limits). The most famous mission, which has been incorporated into this program, is New Horizons, which allows scientists had the opportunity to explore the next trans-Neptunian objects - Pluto and Charon. Another objective of the New Horizons flyby of celestial bodies orbiting in the Kuiper Belt.



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