The work of a NASA spacecraft looks like it is never done as Juno keep documenting the things that it sees in outer space and sending back these pictures to NASA. The main news of this week concerns the fact that we now have a 3D rendition of Jupiter’s storms and the planet’s North Pole.
How did it capture these images?
Since this question has been on everyone’s mind, the images that Jupiter collected were shown by NASA at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly this week. The fact that Juno is now able to fly up to very close distances to these planets will allow it to capture engaging images that show both scientists and science fans the processes that occur on other planets, in this case Juno’s main focus was centered on the weather conditions on the planet. The satellite saw that there are incredibly massive cyclones on Jupiter.
The main goal of this mission is to start understanding the inner working of Jupiter not only in relation the galaxy as a whole but also as a way for NASA to understand the processes that lead to the creation of this planet. The team is interested to see the level of water in Jupiter’s atmosphere and to measure the different minerals, metals and other rocks that all make up the composition of the planet and last but not least, while they may seem insignificant, the team is also interested to find out the exact temperatures that are there coupled with the level of gravity and the magnetic pull.
Juno has severely increased the level of accuracy at which data is being collected since, before this satellite was out there collecting information, the only pieces of evidence that could have been collected were only due to satellites on Earth which did not have the same level of accuracy.
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