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NASA's Juno Sends First Image Back While Orbiting Jupiter


JunoCam-the camera aboard NASA's Juno mission-has sent back first images of Jupiter. The pictures include three of the four largest moons of the King of planets taken after the spacecraft entered its orbit on the 4th of this month.

The new view was obtained when the spacecraft was 4.3 million kilometres from Jupiter. The colour image shows atmospheric features on Jupiter, including the famous Great Red Spot, and three of the massive planet's four largest moons.

However, first high-resolution images of the gas giant Jupiter are still a few weeks away. JunoCam is a colour, visible-light camera designed to capture remarkable pictures of Jupiter's poles and cloud tops.

Scott Bolton, from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio said, the image indicates that JunoCam survived its first pass through Jupiter's extreme radiation environment and is ready to take on Jupiter.

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