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Jupiter As Viewed by A Citizen Scientist

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Jupiter As Seen By Junocam

This image of the sunlit part of Jupiter and its swirling atmosphere was created by a citizen scientist (Alex Mai) using data from Juno's JunoCam instrument.


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Tracking of Eruptions on Io

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Io Eruptions

Jupiter's moon Io continues to be the most volcanically active body in the solar system, as documented by the longest series of frequent, high-resolution observations of the moon's thermal emission ever obtained.

NASA Provides Update on Juno Mission at Jupiter

NASA Provides Update on Juno Mission at Jupiter Video in Story

Team members of NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter discussed the latest science results, an amateur imaging processing campaign, and the recent decision to postpone a scheduled burn of the spacecraft's main engine, during a media briefing on Oct. 19.


Engine Problems Delay Juno Engine Burn at Jupiter

Engine Problems Delay Juno Engine Burn at Jupiter

Mission managers for NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter have decided to postpone the upcoming burn of its main rocket motor originally scheduled for Oct. 19.


Compounds That May be Inside Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus

Compounds That May be Inside Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus

Using computer modeling, chemists from MIPT and Skoltech (the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology) have found out which molecules may be present in the interiors of Uranus, Neptune, and the icy satellites of the giant planets.


Jupiter's North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered in Solar System

Jupiter's North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered in Solar System

NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter's north pole, taken during the spacecraft's first flyby of the planet with its instruments switched on.


Juno Successfully Completes Jupiter Flyby

Juno Successfully Completes Jupiter Flyby

NASA's Juno mission successfully executed its first of 36 orbital flybys of Jupiter today. The time of closest approach with the gas-giant world was 6:44 a.m. PDT (9:44 a.m. EDT, 13:44 UTC) when Juno passed about 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above Jupiter's swirling clouds.


Juno Makes Closest Approach to Jupiter on Saturday

Juno Makes Closest Approach to Jupiter on Saturday

This Saturday at 5:51 a.m. PDT, (8:51 a.m. EDT, 12:51 UTC) NASA's Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its prime mission.


Io's Atmospheric Collapse Observed During An Eclipse

Io's Atmospheric Collapse Observed During An Eclipse

A Southwest Research Institute-led team has documented atmospheric changes on Io, Jupiter's volcanically active satellite, as the giant planet casts its shadow over the moon's surface during daily eclipses.


Russia Plans for Ganymede and Mercury Missions Continue

Russia Plans for Ganymede and Mercury Missions Continue Video in Story

Russian plans to send a lander to Ganymede, the Laplace mission, and an orbiter to Mercury. This video from the Russian space agency ROSCOMOS provides an update on the missions.


Jupiter's Great Red Spot Likely a Massive Heat Source

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Likely a Massive Heat Source

New NASA-funded research suggests that Jupiter's Great Red Spot may be the mysterious heat source behind Jupiter's surprisingly high upper atmospheric temperatures.


First Image Taken By Juno in Jupiter Orbit Released

First Image Taken By Juno in Jupiter Orbit Released

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA's Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft's July 4 arrival at Jupiter.


NASA provides an update on Juno's arrival at Jupiter after it enters orbit

NASA provides an update on Juno's arrival at Jupiter after it enters orbit Video in Story

On July 5, just hours after NASA's Juno spacecraft arrived at the planet Jupiter, NASA held a press briefing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California to provide a status update on the spacecraft.


Replay: Juno orbital insertion at Jupiter

Replay: Juno orbital insertion at Jupiter Video in Story

On July 4th, NASA Television aired live coverage of the solar-powered Juno spacecraft's arrival at Jupiter after an almost five-year journey.


Juno Is Orbiting Jupiter

Juno Is Orbiting Jupiter

After an almost five-year journey to the solar system's largest planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter's orbit during a 35-minute engine burn.


Last Image Of Jovian System Before Juno Arrives

Last Image Of Jovian System Before Juno Arrives

This is the final view taken by the JunoCam instrument on NASA's Juno spacecraft before Juno's instruments were powered down in preparation for orbit insertion.


Video: Juno at Jupiter, into the unknown

Video: Juno at Jupiter, into the unknown Video in Story

Secrets lie deep within Jupiter, shrouded in the solar system's strongest magnetic field and most lethal radiation belts. On July 4, 2016, NASA's Juno spacecraft will plunge into uncharted territory, entering orbit around the gas giant and passing closer than any spacecraft before. Juno will see Jupiter for what it really is, but first it must pass the trial of orbit insertion.


NASA JPL Jupiter Orbital Insertion Press Kit

NASA JPL Jupiter Orbital Insertion Press Kit

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has provided the following Orbital Insertion press kit for the 4th of July critical insertion into Jupiter's orbit.


Jupiter - The deadliest radiation in the solar system

Jupiter - The deadliest radiation in the solar system Video in Story

On Monday, the NASA's Juno spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter. Bill Nye explains Jupiter's deadly radiation. Jupiter produces the radiation equivalent of 100 million X-rays. Nye explains how NASA protects the instruments on the Juno spacecraft from this incredibly fierce environment.


NASA's Juno spacecraft captures roar of Jupiter as it nears the gas giant

NASA's Juno spacecraft captures roar of Jupiter as it nears the gas giant Video in Story

NASA's Juno spacecraft has crossed the boundary of Jupiter's immense magnetic field. Juno's Waves instrument recorded the encounter with the bow shock over the course of about two hours on June 24, 2016.


NASA Juno Mission: Mission to Jupiter 360 Video

NASA Juno Mission: Mission to Jupiter 360 Video Video in Story

Fly along with NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter. Turn on your sound to find out more about the planet, the mission and the spacecraft.


Jupiter's Auroras

Jupiter's Auroras

Astronomers are using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras -- stunning light shows in a planet's atmosphere -- on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter.


Media Briefing: The Science of Juno's Mission to Jupiter

Media Briefing: The Science of Juno's Mission to Jupiter Video in Story

During a news briefing from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California the science team involved with the Juno mission to Jupiter talked about the scientific goals of the mission.


Infographic: Juno, Built to Withstand Intense Radiation Environments

Infographic: Juno, Built to Withstand Intense Radiation Environments

Juno has been headed for Jupiter since 2011 to study the gas giant's atmosphere, aurora, gravity and magnetic field. This infographic illustrates the radiation environments Juno has traveled through on its journey near Earth and in interplanetary space.


Juno Will Examine Jupiter's Magnetosphere

Juno Will Examine Jupiter's Magnetosphere Video in Story

NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its long anticipated arrival at Jupiter on July 4.


VLT Captures Stunning Infrared Images of Jupiter

VLT Captures Stunning Infrared Images of Jupiter

In preparation for the imminent arrival of NASA's Juno spacecraft, astronomers have used ESO's Very Large Telescope to obtain spectacular new infrared images of Jupiter.


Juno Is On Final Approach To Jupiter

Juno Is On Final Approach To Jupiter

Today at exactly 9:57 and 48 seconds a.m. PDT, NASA's Juno spacecraft was 5.5 million miles (8.9 million kilometers) from its July 4th appointment with Jupiter.


Giant Planets and Dark Hydrogen

Giant Planets and Dark Hydrogen

Hydrogen is the most-abundant element in the universe. It's also the simplest--sporting only a single electron in each atom. But that simplicity is deceptive, because there is still so much we have to learn about hydrogen.


Solar Storms Ignite X-ray Northern Lights on Jupiter

Solar Storms Ignite X-ray Northern Lights on Jupiter

Solar storms are triggering X-ray auroras on Jupiter that are about eight times brighter than normal over a large area of the planet and hundreds of times more energetic than Earth's 'northern lights'.


To Jupiter with JunoCam

To Jupiter with JunoCam

When NASA's Juno mission arrives at Jupiter on July 4, 2016, new views of the giant planet's swirling clouds will be sent back to Earth, courtesy of its color camera, called JunoCam.


Simulating Jet streams and Anticyclones of Jupiter and Saturn

Simulating Jet streams and Anticyclones of Jupiter and Saturn

A University of Alberta researcher has successfully generated 3D simulations of deep jet streams and storms on Jupiter and Saturn, helping to satiate our eternal quest for knowledge of planetary dynamics.


Probing the Mysteries of Europa

Probing the Mysteries of Europa

Jupiter's moon Europa is believed to possess a large salty ocean beneath its icy exterior, and that ocean, scientists say, has the potential to harbor life.



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