NASA’s $1 Billion Jupiter Probe Just Sent Back Stunning New Photos Of Jupiter


Traveling above Jupiter at more than 130,000 miles per hour, NASA's $1 billion Juno probe took its ninth set of stunning flyby images on October 24. But the sun slipped between the giant planet and Earth for more than a week, blocking the spacecraft from beaming home its precious bounty of data.


Now that the conjunction is over, however, new raw image data from Juno's ninth perijove — as the spacecraft's high-speed flybys are called — has poured in. Researchers posted it all online on Tuesday, and a community of amateurs and professionals has been busily processing the data to yield colorful and stunning new pictures of Jupiter.

“Brand new Jupiter pics from @NASAJuno Perijove 09! What a blimmin' gorgeous/diabolical planet,” Seán Doran, a UK-based graphic artist who regularly processes NASA images, tweeted on Tuesday.


Below are some fresh, close-up images of Jupiter, along with other unbelievable views captured from earlier perijoves.


In the most recent flyby, as with the previous eight, Juno's flyby started over Jupiter's north pole.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

The spacecraft then swept within a few thousand miles of the gas giant, capturing stunning high-resolution views of its cloud tops.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran
At its closest approach to Jupiter during each flyby, the robot briefly becomes the fastest human-made object in the solar system, reaching speeds of around 130,000 miles per hour.

Then Juno flew back out into deep space, passing over Jupiter's South Pole on its exit. Churning storms at the poles constantly change their appearance.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran
Researchers upload the raw data sent by the probe to the mission's website.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran
There, enthusiasts take the drab, mostly gray image data and process it all into true-to-life color photos.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran
Many snapshots of Jupiter take on an artistic quality.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran
Others dazzle with their detail of the planet's thick cloud bands and powerful storms. Jupiter is made up predominantly of hydrogen. The simple, basic gas, a prime ingredient on the sun, accounts for 90 percent of the atmosphere. Nearly 10 percent is composed of helium.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran
Some of the tempests are large enough to swallow planet Earth — or at least a good chunk of it.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran
The planet's atmosphere is a turbulent mess of hydrogen and helium gases. The atmosphere of Jupiter is the largest planetary atmosphere in the Solar System. It is mostly made of molecular hydrogen and helium in roughly solar proportions; other chemical compounds are present only in small amounts and include methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and water.
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There are also traces of molecules like ammonia, methane, sulfur, and water, which give the clouds different colors and properties.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran
The mixture sometimes creates features that look like faces (as seen on the left in this image).
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

Other times, shining-white clouds fill up most of a band. With an average temperature of minus 234 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 145 degrees Celsius), Jupiter is frigid even in its warmest weather. Unlike Earth, whose temperature varies as one moves closer to or farther from the equator, Jupiter's temperature depends more on height above the surface.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran
Many cloud bands have features called chevrons. These atmospheric disturbances blow at several hundreds of miles per hour and sometimes zig-zag through a band, or punch through into others.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

In this older view of Jupiter, from Juno's eighth perijove, two cloud bands battle for dominance — one of which contains a swirling storm many times larger than a hurricane on Earth.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran
The spacecraft will continue to document Jupiter for as long as NASA can keep it going. But not forever.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

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  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

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  2. I find it disappointingly misleading that you and websites like yours continue to use artist renditions are your caption images, even for albums of the most heart stoppingly beautiful photographs ever captured. The practice is highly misleading and worth ending.

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    1. I totally agree!! This sucks big time.

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    2. That was my first thought as well.

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    3. I hate that too. Clickbait. It is basically lying but maybe with the current president, lying has finally become an accepted practice

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    4. Artist produced paintings!!! or cgi.... such bullshit.. i used to love all this... no i know its all make believe....

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    5. Chris, you've misinterpereted the post you're replying to. The photos in the article are real. The photo at the top, which is what shows in the facebook link, is what is fake. Its a clickbait photo that wasn't needed, because the actual, real content was good enough to attract clicks

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    6. Hey. Velpoopity, lying because common practice, heck...daily practice, under the last president. Please show me where Trump lied anywhere.

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    7. Velpoopity, since you're all for bringing politics into a science site, it's worth mentioning that you're completely wrong and you should be ashamed for not acknowledging that the most damaging to our republic, and the king liar of all presidents that we've ever had was the one immediately previous to Trump.

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    8. You'd be better off finding when Trump didn't lie.
      The man lied 70% of the time during the election (according to the fact-checking service run at the time), and hasn't got any better.

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    9. Wow, you all act like jaded old folks on hormone treatment. One little inconsequential thing like a caption photo yanks your chain and you're off the rails arguing about Trump and Obama. Straighten out your thinking and stop being so held hostage by your feelings. I think the artist did a fine job.

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    10. Unknown - show you where he lied anywhere? Pay more attention.

      http://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/statements/byruling/false/

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    11. Check today's headline to see where he lied in the pasr 24 hours.

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    12. I find it disappointing that 1 billion was spent just to get some pretty pics.

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  3. Man, fuck your misleading caption image! Use the real ones, they're impressive enough!

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    1. Language, DrGutman, LANGUAGE!

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    2. Yeah, LANGUAGE!
      It's English.
      It contains words like "fuck" that can be used as a verb as in my first post or as an adverb enhancing an adjective like in "The caption image fucking sucks!"

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    3. DrGutman, don't you realise it is only Anglo-Saxon words that are considered vulgar? Try using the Norman-French equivalents, and our sensitive Lemur will have no problem..

      To rewrite George Carlin; "feces, urine, copulate, vagina, fellator, mater-copulator, and teats".

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    4. @Lev - Fair point :))) ROFL

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  4. Heavenly pictures, first time any human beings seeing these pictures makes it an absolute necessity to recognize how little we know about issues we don't know.

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    1. I agree and the among of images we've been shown almost daily and especially since the late 1990's have revealed so many challenges to so called knowledge about things in the heavens, yet receive so little press. I look at these picks and see the Creator's functional artistry that must open one's mind to further embrace. I would suggest that with These grand designers everything serves multiple functions one of which might be for some to share what's happened since the early 70's that ended in 1997 when the Creators representatives exited, seen by the world as the Heaven's Gate cult of truth.

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  5. I really REALLY wish the banner image was a real image of Jupiter. They're all so much more beautiful than the CGI created nonsense used as clickbait.

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  6. So disappointed after the initial image. They are good pics, but why would the banner image be an "alternate truth"?

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  7. I wonder... since Jupiter is composed mostly of hydrogen.. what is stopping it from catching fire?

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    1. Temperature maintains frigid at -243 Farenheit.... you need heat

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    2. ...and a lot more mass.

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    3. I heard Jupiter is almost as big as a planet can be before becoming a star. Here is the first thing Google comes up with when I type in "Jupiter big enough to be a star".

      Jupiter is called a failed star because it is made of the same elements (hydrogen and helium) as is the Sun, but it is not massive enough to have the internal pressure and temperature necessary to cause hydrogen to fuse to helium, the energy source that powers the sun and most other stars.

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    4. Actually, most extra-solar planets that have been discovered are gas giants like Jupiter and are much, much larger.

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  8. Anyone know where we can see hi-res versions? This looks like wallpaper material.

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    1. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=nasa+jupiter+images

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  9. Are all the people that, because they saw a few paintings, insist it's all fake, Americans?
    Can I bet on it?

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  10. I like the fake one and all the real ones---all are excellent

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  11. really disappointed that the actual images don't reflect on the header image.

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  12. Looks like it could be Van Gogh's planet, look at The Starry Night or even the Wheat Field with Cypresses sky.

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    1. OMG I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING!!!

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  13. Great pictures and great story. I enjoy a lot!

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  14. Agree with the consensus of the fake out picture on the Article? As if the actual photos aren't worthy of the caption page. Or the average science person is only dazzled by CGI? So lame.

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  15. Why can't a spacecraft have a camera that stores the pictures and releases them when it has a clear path? My Cannon camera can store pictures and release them when the Bluetooth connection is made but their camera can't do that.

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    1. That is what it did. It took pictures and stored them but the sun was blocking the path between Earth and it....so as soon as it moved it sent the photos....

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  16. Will there ever be a video of Jupiter? I'd like to see the movement of the clouds etc. I'm also confused. The article says "There, enthusiasts take the drab, mostly gray image data and process it all into true-to-life color photos." So if I were to able to fly out to see Jupiter with my own eyes, it would look like these pictures? How do the artists know what colour to add and where?

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  17. I don't believe any of this anymore, my reasoning, common sense and research tell me this NASA seems to be all BS!!

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  18. Fake. CGI. Artist renderings.

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  19. The top image is not from the Juno probe. It's a computer simulation from the (rebooted) tv show Cosmos.

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  20. Some say they think 1 billion was spent to get some pretty pictures. That is far from the case and especially since the 1960's, 1980's and in the 2000's when NASA became part of the DOD. I think that was budgetary inclusion and for more of a secrecy structure and no doubt for political and global relations with other countries also doing work in space. There are three primary reasons for these expenditures that I'm aware of and not in any order necessarily and not out in the open by all involved as a lot is on a need to know basis. 1) looking for certain elements - like G.W. Bush said for the reason he announced colonization programs on the Moon and Mars, "we might find an energy source that will boggle the mind."

    To those who have been following EVERYTHING reported from all available sources for the last 70+ years especially, this wasn't hyperbole announced on his last state of the union address and some wondered if he was talking about finding helium 3, though helium 3 doesn't "boggle the mind". But what does boggle the mind is the element that was reported to be found inside the engines of confiscated spacecrafts (UFO's) that enabled their anti-gravity without fossil fuels and other functions that those into Tesla and Einstein better understand than I do, the technology to encase the travel compartment of a spacecraft in a type of energy bubble so the physical occupants can survive tremendous speeds and be able to stop on a dime, etc. For those interested in information about this, check out the work of Bob Lazar. One will find all the normal discrediting of his observations when he was hired by Oppenheimer from Sandia Labs to back engineer an "alien" engine where he discovered a new element not on the periodic table. 2) to find another inhabitable planet or moon, etc. 3) to develop more survival technologies whether in space or in an underground base that the rich and powerful can try to escape to for whatever reasons, like: nuclear war, disease outbreaks, revolution, the sun causing a grid collapse (that there has been evidence of), earthquakes, volcanoes, mega storms, meteor/asteroid hits, etc. all of which for those paying close attention are far from science fiction to imagine. Last but not necessarily least there is the fear of space alien invasion, even in their use of asteroids, etc. This last prospect has become complicated to imagine as reality because of the huge propaganda campaign to keep things confused since the UFO crashes that started in the US in 1897 but even more pertaining to those in the late 1940's to early 1950's. And what's even harder to wrap our heads around as reality is the evidence that such an invasion was forcast thousands of years ago by the most advanced space race, Beings who are evolutionarily so far in advance of humans that they design all the planets and all the life forms and have a type of school on earth and no one can prove it unless they appeal to them to become aware of that reality. That prospect has been made into "religions" belief or non-belief system that are part of the propaganda stimulated by the space aliens who are the legendary "fallen angels" - Souls who have been let out of their underground and/or under the sea hiding places by the Next Evolutionary Level Above Human to become a catalyst for choice of each of us as to whom we show our allegiance, so the Next Level know which "souls" or "spirits" to salvage when they complete their "spading" of their "garden" and then recycle the entire civilization to start a new one, as they have done many times before.

    My book title is: "TI and DO The Father and "Jesus" Heaven's Gate UFO Two Witnesses"

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  21. Please take down the CGI image from a TV show as the banner image about your story about the real beauty and wonder of Jupiter.

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