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The pictures show the swirling clouds of the gas giant at both its poles - views that no previous mission has managed to acquire in such detail.
Juno captured the data last weekend as it made its first close approach to the planet since going into orbit in July. The flyby took the spacecraft just 4,200km above Jupiter's multi-coloured atmosphere. The 6MB of data gathered by Juno is still being analysed, but principal investigator Scott Bolton said new things were already obvious. "First glimpse of Jupiter's north pole, and it looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before," the Southwest Research Institute scientist said in a Nasa statement. "It's bluer in colour up there than other parts of the planet, and there are a lot of storms. "
There is no sign of the latitudinal bands or zones and belts that we are used to - this image is hardly recognisable as Jupiter. "We're seeing signs that the clouds have shadows, possibly indicating that the clouds are at a higher altitude than other features."
Speculation of what I once heard that it contains like floating worlds inside , don't know if that's true , but I really would like to see it on camera .
originally posted by: MysterX
originally posted by: Misterlondon
Just getting in before someone suggests the 2 white dots in the infa red are alien spacecraft?
Well...what do you think those dots are?
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
The first photo seems to be from a polar orbit which is a very cool perspective.
originally posted by: MarioOnTheFly
a reply to: gortex
the pictures were taken from just 4,200km above the planet.
I think maybe you are mistaken ? On the link it says the first image was taken at 195 000 km. The flyby took the craft 4200 km above the surface...
. They cannot afford this kind of rituals on earth, maybe they tried to get weird action on more potent place, it all will reflect here after a while, we'll see. Funny, right, it was done when Jupiter was in it's master potency through his 12 years cycle.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Cassini–Huygens
NASA Mission duration Elapsed: 18 years, 10 months and 18 days from launch 12 years, 2 months and 1 day at Saturn En route: 7 years Primary mission: 4 years Extended missions: Equinox: 2 years Solstice: 3 years elapsed Expected end of life: 2017 Spacecraft properties Launch mass 5,712 kilograms (12,593 lb) Dry mass 2,523 kilograms (5,562 lb) Power ~880 watts (BOL) ~670 watts (2010) Start of mission Launch date October 15, 1997, 08:43:00 UTC Rocket Titan IV(401)B Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-40 Orbital parameters Reference system Kronocentric Flyby of Venus (Gravity assist) Closest approach April 26, 1998 Distance 283 kilometres (176 mi) Flyby of Venus (Gravity assist) Closest approach June 24, 1999 Distance 6,052 kilometres (3,761 mi) Flyby of Earth-Moon system (Gravity assist) Closest approach August 18, 1999, 03:28 UTC Distance 1,171 kilometres (728 mi) Flyby of 2685 Masursky (Incidental) Closest approach January 23, 2000 Distance 1,600,000 kilometres (990,000 mi) Flyby of Jupiter (Gravity assist) Closest approach December 30, 2000 Distance 9,852,924 kilometres (6,122,323 mi) Saturn orbiter Orbital insertion July 1, 2004, 02:48:00 UTC Titan lander Spacecraft component Huygens Landing date January 14, 2005 Cassini–Huygens is an unmanned spacecraft sent to the planet Saturn. It is a flagship-class NASA–ESA–ASI robotic spacecraft.
Cassini is the fourth space probe to visit Saturn and the first to enter orbit, and its mission is ongoing as of 2016. It has studied the planet and its many natural satellites since arriving there in 2004. Development started in the 1980s. Its design includes a Saturn orbiter (Cassini) and a lander (Huygens) for the moon Titan.
Due to telecommunications constraints, Juno will only be able to return about 40 megabytes of camera data during each 11-day orbital period. This photography downlink average data rate of less than 337 bit/s will limit the number of images that are captured and transmitted during each orbit to somewhere between 10 and 100 depending on the compression level used.