By Mike Wall
You can now feast your eyes on the first up-close photos of Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot ever taken.
On Monday night (July 10), NASA’s Juno spacecraft zoomed just 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) above the mammoth storm’s cloud tops — closer than any probe had gotten before.
“For generations, people from all over the world and all walks of life have marveled over the Great Red Spot,” Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton, from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, said in a statement before the flyby. “Now we are finally going to see what this storm looks like up close and personal.”
The images that the probe’s JunoCam instrument snapped during the close encounter have come down to Earth, NASA announced today (July 12), and the agency is urging anyone who’s interested to have a go at processing the photos. You can do so on the mission’s JunoCam page.
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