A NASA Probe Captured This Mysterious Image Of Jupiter – And People Are Struggling To Explain It

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And since this dramatic discovery, many generations of astronomers have trained their telescopes on Jupiter in a bid to learn more. NASA has made efforts to glean information about the planet, too, sending the probe Pioneer 10 into orbit in 1972. Then, after a 21-month journey to get to Jupiter, Pioneer 10 began sending invaluable data back to scientists on Earth.

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Subsequently, several missions have been made to Jupiter, with each one uncovering intriguing facts about the planet and its environment. Then, in August 2011, NASA launched Juno – a spacecraft destined for orbit around Jupiter. And nearly five years and over 1.7 billion miles later, the probe arrived at its destination.

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Named after the goddess Juno in Roman and Greek mythology, the craft had an important mission. Over a seven-year period, it would collect data about a number of factors, including Jupiter’s magnetic and gravity fields, the planet’s composition and its polar magnetosphere – or the extent to which it affects the solar wind.

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