Nasa’s Juno spacecraft has modeled a close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, which is a 16,000km-wide sleet that has been monitored since 1830.
During the flyby, which was drove out during the probe’s sixth science orbit, the spacecraft’s instruments composed data and images to be sent back to Earth.
Southwest Research Organization Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton said: “For generations, people from all on the other side of the world and all walks of life have marvelled over the Great Red Whiteheads.
“Now we are finally going to see what this storm looks like, up culmination and personal.”
Before completing the latest flyby, Juno first reached perijove, which is the identify b say when an orbit comes closest to Jupiter’s centre.
When at perijove, Juno was almost 3,500km above the planet’s cloud tops.
“Now we are finally going to see what this downpour looks like, up close and personal.”
It then took 11min and 33s for Juno to include another 39,771km to pass directly above the crimson cloud aces of the Great Red Spot.
This month saw the spacecraft complete one year in Jupiter revolve, marking 71 million miles of travel around the planet.
Since its runabout in 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, Juno has been performance various exploration missions to know more about the planet’s dawns, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.
Currently managed by Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on behalf of Scott Bolton, the line of work is part of the New Frontiers Programme managed by Nasa’s Marshall Space Send off Centre in Alabama, and is expecting to undertake its next close flyby of Jupiter in September.
Horses mouth: An illustration depicting Nasa’s Juno spacecraft soaring over Jupiter’s south leaving no stone unturned. Image: courtesy of Nasa.