Stunning Photos of Jupiter Released by NASA’s Latest Flight

Jupiter’s south pole from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 km). (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles)

Jupiter’s south pole from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 km).
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles)

Nature and space always bring new and wonderful things that make us feel so small in comparison. No matter how much science has evolved, we will always be a step behind from the things we did not know existed. Here’s where things become interesting and make our minds go insane from nature’s greatness.

Below are a selection of some of the greatest recent images of Jupiter from the robot’s sixth orbit, along with a few other unbelievable shots from previous flybys that people have recently processed and posted online.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

 

14 enhanced-color images obtained by JunoCam as it swoops by the planet in just two hours, from north to south pole. (NASA/SWRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran)14 enhanced-color images obtained by JunoCam as it swoops by the planet in just two hours, from north to south pole. (NASA/SWRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran)

 

Thanks to missions by NASA, this is an exciting time for astronomers and space travel enthusiasts. As part of NASA’s engagement with the public, it’s periodically releasing photographs taken during the Juno probe’s orbits around Jupiter. Some of the most beautiful data obtained during the flybys are images captured by the spacecraft’s JunoCam, which showed massive storm systems on the planet, and allow scientists to understand the planet’s atmosphere, climate, and its north and south poles.

The $1 billion Juno spacecraft took five years to reach Jupiter and settle into orbit around the gas giant, which is currently more than 444 million miles from Earth. Scientists have used Juno’s suite of cameras and other instruments to photograph Jupiter and its surroundings, including its truly stupendously awesome poles, its rings, and some of the fascinating storms raging on its surface.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/gundogan

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/gundogan

 

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Rafael_Ruiz