Spacecraft Juno sends back never before seen photos of Jupiter

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.– NASA’s spacecraft Juno sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole — photographs that reveal activity unlike anything scientists have ever seen before, the space agency said.

Juno successfully completed 36 orbital flybys on August 27 with the spacecraft coming  about 2,500 miles above Jupiter’s atmosphere.

“First glimpse of Jupiter’s north pole, and it looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

One of the most intriguing things collected by Juno during its orbit of Jupiter was a ghostly-sounding transmissions emanating from above the planet. Scientists have know about these radio emissions since the 1950s, but had never been analyzed from such a close vantage point.

You can learn more about Juno’s mission at NASA’s website.