Juno Completes Flyby over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
NASA’s Juno mission completed a narrow wheel of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot on July 10, in its sixth scientific orbit.
All the scientific instruments and the Juno JunoCam spacecraft functioned during the flight, collecting data that was now returned to Earth. The next Juno Jupiter direct flight will take place on 1 September.
Rough images of the last flyby will be published in the coming days.
“For generations, people from around the world and from all walks of life have marveled at the Great Red Spot,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “Now let’s see what finally this storm looks close and personal.”
The Great Red Spot is a 10,000 km wide storm (16 000 km), which has been monitored since 1830 and may exist for more than 350 years. In modern times, the great red spot seems to diminish.
Juno has reached perijove (the point where the orbit is closest to the center of Jupiter) on July 10 at 6:55. PDT (21:55 EDT). At perijove, Juno was approximately 2200 miles (3500 km) above the planet’s clouds. Eleven minutes and 33 seconds later, Juno had traveled 24,713 additional miles (39,771 km) and passed directly over the top cramoisants the Great Red Spot. The spacecraft traveled approximately 5,600 miles (9000 km) above the clouds of this iconic feature.
July 4 to 07:30. PDT (10:30 p.m. EDT), Juno recorded exactly one year in Jupiter’s orbit, marking 71 million kilometers (114.5 million kilometers) of traveling around the giant planet.
Juno launched August 5, 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. During his exploration mission, Juno goes down on top of the clouds in the world – about 2,100 miles (3,400 km).
During these flyovers, the Juno probe under the dark cloud of Jupiter and study its dawn to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.
The first scientific results of NASA’s Juno mission represent the largest planet in our solar system as a turbulent world, with a complex inner structure intriguingly, aurora energy and huge polar cyclones.