Juno has revealed the first ever close-up of Jupiter

It has taken the satellite almost five years to get to Jupiter.

Ian Marsh | Oct 12, 2016

   

In 2011, NASA sent a probe to Jupiter to study it. It has taken the satellite almost five years to get to Jupiter. But scientists are already impressed with what they see as the first close-up are unlike anything any camera has ever taken of the planet.

Juno took photos from 120,000 miles even though it came as close to 2,500 miles to the planet. It was only able to send back 6 MB of date during this 14 day period. NASA placed the probe in an elliptical orbit to avoid radioactive waves from the planet. The elliptical orbit also allows revolutions to be longer, thus giving it a better chance to take more photos at more angels.

In the North Pole Jupiter experiences cyclone and could formation on a bigger scale that anywhere the scientist have noted in the galaxy. One thing that the NASA scientist noted is how different the planet was from Saturn. "We went in thinking that the two planets had plenty of similarities," said a NASA representative. "But even after just a few weeks of photos of the planet, it is safe to say that we couldn't be more wrong."

NASA says that the satellite will revolve for the next 18 months before dropping to the surface of the planet. During this period, it will make 37 revolutions as it attempts to cover as much ground as possible of the planet. The probe will also go to as low 1,200 miles to the planet's surface. This is the lowest height it can go without Jupiter's magnetic force plummeting it.

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