The Great Red Spot giant storm raging on Jupiter for the past 350 years has finally been probed successfully by a NASA spacecraft Juno and the first pictures of the probe are likely to be released in a few days, the USA space agency said on Tuesday.
Juno reached perijove (the point at which an orbit comes closest to Jupiter's centre) on July 10 at 6:55 p.m. PDT (9:55 p.m. EDT). In modern times, the Great Red Spot has appeared to be shrinking. Scientists are monitoring the instruments to collect data on the origin and evolution of the planet. According to NASA, at the time of perijove, Juno was about 3,500 km above the planet's cloud tops. "The orbiting spacecraft will skim several thousand miles over the Great Red Spot, using instruments that let scientists peer beneath the cloud tops". It will take weeks, even months, for the science data to come out, and scientists will likely study this flyby for years to come.
NASA's Juno probe begun transmitted Jupiter's data and images, reading process could take days
The Great Red Spot is a storm, but it's unlike anything we can imagine here on Earth.
We may finally begin to get some answers about this spot.
"Not a lot is known", Scott Bolton, principal investigator with NASA'sJuno probe, told CBS News in an interview Monday. "Submit your images to Juno_outreach@jpl.nasa.gov to be featured on the Mission Junowebsite!". Six years later, on July 4, 2016, Juno's main engine fired to put the craft into an initial 53-day polar orbit. It is noticeably a deep, red orb that is surrounded by layers of different colors of pale yellow, orange and white. Now, people can see the closest ever view of the massive storm for themselves. Keep in mind to share your creations with us in the comments!
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