NASA's Juno Mission Completes Close Flyby Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

  • NASA's Juno Mission Completes Close Flyby Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA's Juno Mission Completes Close Flyby Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA's Juno probe has started transmitting the data and images from the orbit of the biggest planet in our solar system from the Tuesday, July 10.

"For generations people from all over the world and all walks of life have marveled over the Great Red Spot", Scott Bolton, principal investigator on the Juno mission, said in a news release.

For the first time ever, scientists and researchers will be able to see, in detail, the enormous Great Red Spot first noticed on Jupiter in the 1600s but continuously observed since 1830. Talented users have processed hundreds of Juno's pictures to bring out features like storms, swirls, and clouds in the planet's atmosphere. This mission is a historic moment in space exploration. Eleven minutes and 33 seconds later, Juno had covered another 39,771 km and was passing directly above the coiling crimson cloud tops of the Great Red Spot. It was the closest any human-built object has come to the biggest storm in our solar system. And its most recognizable trademark is its Great Red Spot, which is actually a heat storm of cataclysmic proportions.

NASA scientists are fielding the latest rush of data and images from the Juno probe's latest Jupiter flyby.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot to Be Investigated Soon

Juno has been exploring Jupiter since its arrival at the giant planet in July 2016.

One point of interest is the effect the storm has on the atmospheric temperature. And earlier this week, NASA's Juno spacecraft dipped 2,200 miles above the turbulence to get a closer look at what's going on.

Nasa said the fly-by of the Juno spacecraft, surveying the 16,000km-wide storm, had been scheduled at 9.55pm on Monday (9.55am yesterday Singapore time). "We'll search for lightning, signals of maybe water clouds or ammonia ice coming up through this region, we just don't know what to expect".