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The JunoCam onboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft continues to provide we Earthbound humans with a steady stream of stunning images of Jupiter. We can’t get enough of the gas giant’s hypnotic, other-worldly beauty. This image of Io passing over Jupiter is the latest one to awaken our sense of wonder.
This image was processed by Kevin Gill, a NASA software engineer who has produced other stunning images of Jupiter.
JunoCam - Juno - Spacecraft - Ride - Jupiter
The JunoCam on the Juno spacecraft was sent along on the ride to Jupiter just for this purpose. To take images of Jupiter and its moons and to make them available for people to render and work with. There’s a massive gallery of that work here.
This image is from data captured by Juno when it was about 8000 km above Jupiter’s surface. Juno follows an extremely elliptical orbit around Jupiter, diving in close and risking extreme radiation exposure, then looping far away, to a distance of over 8 million km.
Io - Moon - Size - Earth - Moon
Io is a very large moon; it’s roughly the same size as Earth’s Moon. Yet it casts only a small shadow...
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