Juno at Jupiter: Closeup Images

The Juno spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter and taken some fascinating new imagery!

Juno is a NASA space probe orbiting the planet Jupiter after entering orbit on July 5, 2016, 03:53 UTC; the prelude to 20 months of scientific data collection to be followed by a planned de-orbit. It was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5, 2011, as part of the New Frontiers program, and ranged into Jupiter's orbit on July 4, 2016.

Juno completed a five-year cruise to Jupiter, arriving on July 4, 2016. The spacecraft travelled over a total distance of roughly 2.8 billion kilometres to reach Jupiter. The spacecraft will orbit Jupiter 37 times over the course of 20 months. Juno's trajectory used a gravity assist speed boost from Earth, accomplished through an Earth flyby in October 2013, two years after its launch on August 5, 2011. On July 5, 2016, the spacecraft performed an orbit insertion burn to slow it enough to allow capture.

NASA is now beginning to release pictures taken by the probe, such as this beautiful shot from the north pole:

You can follow the progress of the Juno mission by clicking here.


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