Often compared to a Van Gogh painting, a block of marble or a cup of coffee with a hint of fresh milk, the clouds of Jupiter are always dazzling. The latest optimized color shot was captured by the Juno probe in February and processed by Kevin Gill, a NASA software engineer who makes breathtaking images like this one from raw data in his spare time.
According to a NASA statement, Juno took this picture as he climbed just 8,000 kilometers from Jupiter's clouds. It was the 18th flyover close to the probe since it arrived in Jubilee orbit mid-2016.
NASA scientists named Junon after the goddess of the same name. In mythology, Juno was one of the oldest and most important Roman deities and was the wife of Jupiter. As a protector of the nation, and especially a protector of married women, she was passionate about loyalty and truth.
Just as the goddess Juno saw through the BS among the innumerable husbands of ancient Rome, the Juno spacecraft roams the clouds of Jupiter using scientific instruments detecting ultraviolet and infrared rays, magnetic energy etc. The goal of the mission is to better understand the origins and planetary composition of Jupiter, but the camera's JunoCam, which captures great photos in clouds like this, does not hurt either.
In 2021, Juno will shoot a Cassini and deliberately hit Jupiter to end his mission. Fortunately, cloud photos will not fail until now.