Jupiter’s cloud belt

Jupiter, © NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

In December 2017, from a height of about 13,000 kilometers, the Juno automatic station obtained images of clouds encircling Jupiter’s south pole.

The spacecraft entered the polar orbit of the gas giant on July 5, 2016. The purpose of the mission is to study the gravitational and magnetic fields of the planet, as well as to test the hypothesis that Jupiter has a solid core. In addition, the device is busy exploring the atmosphere.

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