NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been circling Jupiter, completing its 10th revolution around the gas giant on December 16. During its trip, where the probe reaches speeds up to 130,000 mph, the craft snaps photos with its JunoCam, sending them back to Earth, a journey that can take days or weeks before they are received.
The latest round of photos is truly breathtaking, showing the swirling storms that envelop the planet.
NASA researchers and members of the Southwest Research Institute uploaded the raw image data, though dozens of people have already converted the images into stunning color photos.
In a tweet, according to a report by Business Insider, UK-based graphic artist Sean Doran, who often processes the images, stated, “As pretty as a planet can get, but get too close and Jupiter will END YOU.”
The Juno probe was launched in 2011, taking nearly five years to reach its destination.
It takes 53.5 days for Juno to orbit Jupiter, and the probe captures new images during each revolution.
At this point, the spacecraft is the only probe to soar above and below the poles on Jupiter.
Researchers use the images to help figure out information about Jupiter’s polar cloud formations, including storms that are larger in diameter than the Earth.
Juno is expected to continue orbiting Jupiter for a few more years, sending pictures back to researchers throughout the life of its journey. However, the $1 billion robot will ultimately be destroyed by NASA to prevent an accidental crash into Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.