To capture hidden regions on Jupiter, engineers had to build a nearly indestructible digital camera that could survive one of the harshest environments in the entire solar system.
The result was the closest image ever taken of the Great Red Spot, and it was captured by JunoCam, a deceptively small digital camera aboard a NASA probe.
The NASA probe along with JunoCam launched in 2011 and has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016 with the goal of sharing previously unseen regions of the planet and connecting humanity with its celestial neighbor.
Find out more about the complexities of JunoCam, how it has shaken up conventional wisdom around what Jupiter looks like, and more on this episode of Focal Point.
JunoCam Overview https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam “Welcome to the JunoCam community where you can actively participate in the mission! Upload your images of Jupiter and help us decide what points of interest JunoCam will photograph.”
The awesome beauty of Jupiter captured by Juno, in 13 photos https://www.vox.com/science-and-healt... “For the past two years, the spacecraft has been taking photos of Jupiter. Here are the best shots.”
The Closest-Ever Shot of the Great Red Spot https://www.theatlantic.com/science/a... “The earliest observations of a massive spot on Jupiter date back to the 1660s, but historians and scientists don’t know whether people were actually looking at the Great Red Spot. The feature is large enough to be seen with Earth-based telescopes, and as technology improved, so did humanity’s image of the mysterious storm. The earliest photographs from the late 1800s and early 1990s showed a grainy, gray sphere.”
Ariana Grande Thinks Jupiter's Pretty (But Neptune's Better) and NASA Is Thrilled https://www.space.com/40506-ariana-gr... “"Nothing is prettier than Jupiter," Grande wrote just after posting a spectacular photo of Jupiter from NASA's Juno spacecraft.” ____________________
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