NASA’s Juno — the spacecraft currently hurtling towards Jupiter — is making its grand entrance on the orange planet on July 4. And it’s going to be spectacular, according to just-released images from NASA.
Juno snapped up this baby on June 21 about 6.8 million miles from Jupiter. You can see the planet’s four largest moons — Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto — as well as the planet’s alternating light and dark bands. The shot was obtained through the mission’s JunoCam, which will also serve as a bridge to the general public and allow ordinary individuals to take part in space exploration as citizen scientists.
Juno will begin a 20-month study once it enters the planet’s orbit that will hopefully reveal insights into Jupiter’s geology, atmosphere, and magnetic and gravitational fields. July 4 can’t come soon enough.