NASA’s space probe “Juno” who is orbiting Jupiter since August 2011 has successfully captured the seventh of eight features configuring a ‘string of pearls.’ On 11th December, NASA’s Juno clicked the stunning images of Jupiter’s Pearl by using JunoCam imager. JunoCam is a colour, detectable-light shooter which is designed to click the remarkable photos of the poles and cloud tops of the Jupiter. On the same day, the space probe also completed its latest close flyby of Jupiter, said NASA in an official statement. At the time of capturing the images of Jupiter’s Pearl, the spacecraft was positioned about 24,600 kilometers from the Jupiter.
Since 1986, the white ovals of Jupiter have gone forward from number six to nine. Currently, total eight white ovals are visible on Jupiter. The image was taken on 11th Dec as the Juno completed its third close flyby of Jupiter. In the point of view of Juno, the spacecraft will deliver a broad view of Jupiter, which eventually will assist the scientists getting the wide context for other instruments of the spacecraft. JunoCam was integrated with the space probe with the intention of public engagement. Though the images transmitted by the probe will be helpful to the astronomer team, yet it won’t be considered as the Science measurement of one of the mission, said NASA.
To summon up, Juno is a space probe created by NASA for studying the planet Jupiter. Juno was developed by Lockheed Martin and is operated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. The spacecraft was blasted off on 5th August 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The space probe entered the polar orbit of Jupiter on 5th July 2016 (UTC) and with this, the 20-month scientific exploration program of Jupiter commenced. On 11th December 2016, Sunday Juno completed its third close flyby of Jupiter.
Throughout the close flybys, Space probe Juno will check out under the murky cloud cover of the planet and explore its auroras to find out more details about the origin, configuration, atmosphere, and magnetosphere of Jupiter.