Jupiter is a secretive swirl of coffee and cream. We’re only beginning to understand the stories that lie beneath its undulating cloud bands.
Juno, NASA’s spacecraft, has played a crucial role in solving these mysteries. The probe’s JunoCam has been capturing stunning images of the gas giant for the past five years. Although the camera was not technically needed for Juno to achieve its primary scientific goals, the mission’s team agreed that it would be useful for public outreach.
Juno has allowed us to see our solar system’s oldest planet in a completely new way thanks to some talented image processors and citizen scientists.
As Juno prepares to embark on its extended mission, here are our favorite pictures from its journey so far: (click on the image to enlarge)
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