Juno Probe: Captures 1st picture form Jupiter’s Orbit
Remember Juno Probe NASA’S spacecraft launched in 2011, reached Jupiter’s orbit last week?
Yes! NASA’s Juno snapped its 1st image since reached giant planet.
According to NASA officials, Juno was 2.7 miles far from Jupiter while capturing its first image. Juno captured the photo with its visible light JunoCam instrument on Sunday 10th July- which shows some of Jupiter’s cloud belt, three big Jovian moons Europa, Ganymede and Io also Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot.
“This scene from JunoCam indicates it survived its first pass through Jupiter’s extreme radiation environment without any degradation and is ready to take on Jupiter,” Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, said in a statement on July 12. “We can’t wait to see the first view of Jupiter’s poles.”
After a deep space journey of five long years Juno reached Jupiter on July 4. After two days on July 6 the Juno team started turning on its instrument, JunoCam was powered up on Sunday.The probe’s science instruments were off at the time of arrival, to reduce complications during a crucial, 35-minute-long orbital-insertion burn, NASA officials said.
JunoCam will continue to take images as we go around in this first orbit.The first high-resolution images of the planet will be taken on Aug. 27, when Juno makes its next close pass to Jupiter.Juno co-investigator Candy Hansen, of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, said in the same statement
Juno is currently cruising away from the planet, toward the more distant parts of a highly elliptical, 53-day orbit.
Juno mission team members have said -the 1.1 billion$ Juno mission aims to study the magnetic and gravitational fields of Jupiter, as well as the gas giant’s composition and internal structure. The probe’s observations should help scientists understand how Jupiter, and the solar system in general, formed and evolved.
Scientists will study JunoCam’s photos,though the camera is not one of the probe’s core science instruments; mission team members put it on board to increase public engagement. All of JunoCam’s images will be available on the mission’s website, NASA officials said.
Over the course of its mission, Juno will zip around Jupiter 37 times, scrutinizing the solar system’s largest planet with nine different science instruments from as little as 2,600 miles away. The vast majority of these loops will take 14, not 53 days; Juno will perform a 22-minute engine burn on Oct. 19 to shift into the 2 weeks orbit.
Juno to complete its lifespan around the giant planet is currently scheduled in February 2018,with an international death dive into Jupiter’s thick atmosphere.
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