The Juno space probe was built by NASA to study Jupiter. The spacecraft has been around the gas giant since July 4, 2016 and, before arriving at its destination, it snapped a truly spectacular photo of our planet (which you will find as always at the bottom of the news).
The Juno probe has used our planet as a gravitational slingshot to go to Jupiter, it flew over Earth on October 9, 2013 and received a speed increase of over 3.9 kilometers per second. In this way the experts tested the JunoCam, with the images ending up on the probe’s website, where citizens can download and edit them at will.
The images processed by the citizens are then published on the Juno website (in the appropriate section of the website). Inside you can find everything from detailed scientific images and analyzes to beautiful space-themed works of art.
The spacecraft has several objectives: understand the structural properties and general dynamics of the planet Jupiter; measure the composition of the Jovian atmosphere; and finally investigate the three-dimensional structure of the magnetosphere of the poles. In short, certainly objectives that he will fulfill during his long mission.
The Juno space probe was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on August 5, 2011.