NASA’s 'Juno' Spacecraft Nears Its July 4 Arrival to Jupiter

The latest image provides a small tease of what we’re about to see come July 4.

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.

NASA's Juno spacecraft relayed this image of Jupiter on June 21, 2016 from 6.8 million miles from the planet.

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.

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