July 14th, 2018 12:05 EST
Outbound View of Jupiter
This image of Jupiters southern hemisphere was captured by NASAs Juno spacecraft on the outbound leg of a close flyby of the gas-giant planet.
The color-enhanced image was taken at 11:31 p.m. PDT on May 23, 2018 (2:31 a.m. EDT on May 24), as the spacecraft performed its 13th close flyby of Jupiter. At the time, Juno was about 44,300 miles (71,400 kilometers) from the planet`s cloud tops, above a southern latitude of 71 degrees.
JunoCam takes advantage of Juno`s unique polar orbit, studying the atmospheric dynamics and clouds right up to Jupiter`s poles, which no spacecraft has ever done before.
Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this image using data from the spacecraft`s JunoCam imager.
JunoCam`s raw images are available at www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam for the public to peruse and process into image products.
More information about Juno is online at http://www.nasa.gov/juno and http://missionjuno.swri.edu.
NASA`s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA`s New Frontiers Program, which is managed at NASA`s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA`s Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft. Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages JPL for NASA.
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