Last week NASA revealed the news that the Juno spaceship had completed it’s first fly-by of Jupiter. At it’s closest, the ship was only 2,600 miles away from the planet’s clouds, which is the closest it will ever get. This fly-by is the first of 36 scheduled for the mission but the data is already coming in thick and fast.
“We are getting some intriguing early data returns as we speak…It will take days for all the science data collected during the flyby to be downlinked and even more to begin to comprehend what Juno and Jupiter are trying to tell us” – Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
It will take NASA’s scientists days, weeks and sometimes months to understand the data coming from Jupiter, but thankfully Junocam has provided us with this spectacular image to keep us going in the meantime.