NASA's spacecraft, JONAS, currently in orbit around Jupiter, broke a dramatic image of the gas giant this month.
With some artistic help from a human assistant on Earth, the image of the spacecraft was a visual masterpiece. The colorful image of Kevin M. Gil, a NASA software engineer who is one of Juno's many lovers, shows a large circular storm driven by clouds rotating in a reactive flow in the northern hemisphere of Jupiter.
Juno is in a highly elliptical orbit around Jupiter since 201
Launched in 2011, Juno spent five years traveling to Jupiter from Earth. The mission seeks to compare the interior of Jupiter and understand how much water is inside the planet, among other purposes. Scientists hope that by studying Jupiter they will have a better understanding of how the planets are formed.
NASA has made Juno's raw images available to the public online. The agency encourages amateur astrophotographers to download and improve the images before uploading them back to Juno's website. Dozens of space enthusiasts have been involved – some just by cutting out images and more, performing modern color reconstruction or highlighting a particular atmospheric feature on the planet. The augmented images are used in NASA's scientific journals, according to the agency.
NASA plans to discontinue Juno's mission in July 2021, when the ship will self-destruct by plunging into Jupiter.
See some of Jill's colorful images of Juno's Jupiter's 18th Passage Juno below.