NASA probe Juno: Video shows flyby of Jupiter

NASA probe Juno: Video shows flight to Jupiter

(Image: NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran)

For months, the NASA probe Juno Jupiter orbits, after initial problems, they are now not only provides important data for scientists, but also photos. Composed deliver impressive videos of Juno's journey.

A few days after the NASA probe Juno in its orbit for the sixth time the jupiter next point (Perijovum) has reached enthusiasts have assembled the photos made into a video. The shows - much faster - the flight of the probe to Jupiter and the gas giants over. The largest planet in our solar system will appear in a new light, our image of him was but so far characterized mainly by the recordings of the Hubble Space Telescope. Thanks to the Juno mission is likely the change, the NASA thus collected images but seek and encouraged to edit the public. The video is now one of the results.

But NASA even goes beyond the already established practice of publication: The probe has with the JunoCam a camera on board, whose work is to be co-controlled by (amateur) astronomers around the world. Which may suggest the project page with their own images of Jupiter, which areas of dynamic cloud deck to photograph the NASA probe. So NASA researchers want to make the most of the limited instrument time and bandwidth, and make rich images possible. The collected data will be published immediately and can be freely used, such as for creating such videos.

Juno had arrived in the summer of 2016 on Jupiter and orbits the gas giant ever since. In total, several dozens orbits are planned. On their first, the probe was able to determine that the magnetic field of the planet is still much stronger than expected. Furthermore, the researchers were able to observe thanks Juno already that the north pole of the gas giant is significantly different from its south pole. The reasons for this will now be explored. The analysis of the pole was one of the main objectives of the mission, because they were for flying past probes previously not visible and therefore still largely unexplored.

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Jupiter probe Juno (25 photos)

The Great Red Spot
(Image: NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran)

(Mho)