NASA publishes 1,300 never-before-seen unedited images of Jupiter

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The US space agency encourages fans to download the unedited photographs of Jupiter to develop their own artwork or collection.

The images also are meant to encourage younger generations to become astronomers in the future.

NASA has published more than 1,300 raw images that were captured by the Juno spacecraft during its approach to Jupiter, Popular Science reports.

This image was not taken by Juno but by the Cassini Spacecraft.
The image shows Jupiter from an unusual perspective. If you were to float just beneath the giant planet and look directly up, you would be greeted with this striking sight: red, bronze and white bands encircling a hazy south pole.

The Juno Spacecraft arrived at Jupiter after a five-year, 2.8 billion kilometer journey from Earth, making history.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will explore the clouds in the Gas Giants upper atmosphere and try and map the interior from a unique vantage point as it orbits the largest planet in our solar system.

During the mission, the probe will circle Jupiter 47 times traveling as low over the planet’s clouds as possible.

This will give researchers on Earth a unique, never-before-seen opportunity to see what lies beneath Jupiter’s atmosphere, helping scientists unlock the secrets behind Jupiter and our solar system in general.

Among the three main questions scientists are eager to tackle with the Juno mission are: how much water is there? Does Jupiter have a solid core? And why are the southern and northern lights of Jupiter the brightest in the solar system?

Juno will end its mission in two years when it will dive into Jupiter’s atmosphere and disintegrate –deemed a necessary maneuver to prevent any chance of accidentally crashing into the planet’s potentially habitable moons.

This color view from NASA's Juno spacecraft is made from some of the first images taken by JunoCam after the spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter on July 5th (UTC). NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
This color view from NASA’s Juno spacecraft is made from some of the first images taken by JunoCam after the spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter on July 5th (UTC). NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

NASA scientists encourage stargazers to download the sheer number of images from their website and see for themselves the beauties of our solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter.

Meanwhile, the space agency has made their very own film that details the approach of the spacecraft towards the biggest planet in our solar system with images based on RGB colors (red, green and blue) that were captured by Juno every 15 minutes for about 17 days.

For example, between the 12th and 19 of June, the camera onboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft managed to photograph Callisto, one of Jupiter’s moons, while the other three satellites Io, Europa and Ganymede appear alternately because they have different orbits.

Check out the video made by NASA and don’t forget to visit NASA official website and enjoy over 1,300 RAW images of Pluto and its fascinating moons.



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