NASA’s Juno spacecraft is on a mission to unveil the inner happenings of the Jupiter’s planet. The spacecraft was flown above the Great Red Spot on Monday. The event is the first close up ever experienced on the Jupiter’s planet which is believed to be the oldest and monumental storm in existence. Juno was scheduled to pass over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot at 6:55 p.m. Pacific time but it will take about five days before the images are made available to the public.
According to Candy Hansen, an astronomer from the NASA’s Planetary Science Institute, it’s not known exactly when and where the photos and other details from the Juno mission will be availed to the people but because of massive interest and high demand, the scientist may speed up the process with the earliest date being on July 14.
Each planet in the solar system is famous for something spectacular. For instance, Saturn is well-known for its amazing rings; Mars has red soil, and Jupiter has Great Red Spot which hosts the massive storm that has been around for more than 350 years.
For many years, scientists have tried to explore Jupiter but they have not got the opportunity to veer through its interior surfaces. The latest Juno mission is the first to get closer to the mysterious Great Red Spot in the human history and will bring up the findings that many generations have waited for a long time to study.
According to Dr. Jared Espley, the program scientist of Juno, the findings from the ongoing mission will enable them to comprehend the key aspects of the storm, something that has not been literally known since the universe began. Many people including the astronomers and planetary experts are eagerly waiting to receive the great outcomes from Juno mission.
Juno spacecraft is the second vessel that NASA has launched to Jupiter. Galileo program cruised on the planet in the mid-1990s. Other two spacecraft have performed some earlier explores around the exteriors of the planet but Juno is the first to come close to the Great Red Spot.