NASA presented a stunning image of the moon Jupiter, rising from the horizon of a gas giant, captured by the Juno probe.
Slightly larger than the Earth's moon, Io is the most volcanically active world in the Solar System. The color-enhanced picture was taken on October 29, 2018. When the spacecraft made its 16th flight of Jupiter, it informed NASA in a statement.
At that time, Juno was around 18,400 kilometers from the planet's cloud peaks, approximately 32 degrees south.
Scientists from Citizen Gerald Eichstadt and Justin Cowart created the image using data from the JunoCam camera on a spaceship. Raw JunoCam images are available online so that they can be viewed and processed into images.
The Juno NASA probe was launched on August 5, 2011 and arrived in Jupiter in July 2016.
The primary purpose of Juno is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Under the dense layer of clouds, Jupiter protects the secrets from the basic processes and conditions that govern our solar system during its formation.
As the main example of the huge planet of the solar system, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems discovered around other stars.
With a set of scientific instruments, Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planetary nucleus, map the intense magnetic field of Jupiter, measure the amount of water and ammonia in a deep atmosphere and observe the auroras of the planet.