After the first successful parachute test for Mars 2020 mission, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has completed another major milestone on its journey to space.
Yes! NASA's Juno spacecraft has dropped yet another stunning image of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. The picture shows a massive, raging storm in Jupiter's northern hemisphere. The breathtaking view is captured by the probe during its ninth close flyby of the gas giant planet.
The US Space agency has taken the picture on October 24, when the spacecraft was about 10,108 kilometres away from the tops of the clouds of Jupiter.
The colour-enhanced images show a storm rotating counter-clockwise with a wide range of cloud altitudes.
The darker clouds are expected to be deeper in the atmosphere than the brightest clouds. Within some of the bright "arms" of this storm, smaller clouds and banks of clouds can be seen, some of which are casting shadows.
#JunoCam aboard @NASAJuno captured this amazing, color-enhanced image of a massive, raging storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere during its ninth close flyby of the gas giant planet! >> https://t.co/NzoQRTdySD pic.twitter.com/9y5yjvWQ7y— NASA Marshall (@NASA_Marshall) November 20, 2017
The bright clouds and their shadows range from about seven to 12 kilometres in both widths and lengths. These appear similar to the small clouds in other bright regions Juno has detected and are expected to be updrafts of ammonia ice crystals possibly mixed with water ice.
Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstadt and Sean Doran processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager, NASA said.