The spacecraft has changed the way we understand and see Jupiter's storms and given us new views of its auroras.
"My latest #Jupiter science flyby is complete!"
July 4 marked the anniversary of Juno's orbit around the gas planet. But today's batch marks a historic moment for the orbiter, which got closer to the Great Red Spot than ever before on Monday, July 10th. Eleven-and-a-half minutes later, it made its first pass directly over the Great Red Spot at an altitude of about 5,600 miles and a velocity of some 130,000 mph.
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Typically, a team of NASA scientists chooses which images a spacecraft collects on its path around a planet. That might sound like an extremely long distance, but when we're talking about a planet as large as Jupiter - and a colossal storm as huge as the red spot - that's actually quite close.
"For generations people from all over the world and all walks of life have marveled over the Great Red Spot", says Scott Bolton, head of the Juno mission, in a press release.
"Great Red Spot from P7 Flyover".
Juno has been exploring Jupiter since its arrival at the giant planet in July 2016. Juno logged its close encounter with Jupiter's most distinctive feature as it passed about 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) above the clouds of the mammoth cyclone. Previous Juno flybys have revealed a number of intense storms in the planet's polar regions. Oh, and it's not just an old storm but it's the BIGGEST storm in our solar system. JPL is a division of Caltech in Pasadena.