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

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And, uniquely, three wings equipped with solar panels – the biggest of their kind ever to be used in a planetary probe – power Juno. Given that these wings still work, too, officials at NASA decided to extend the craft’s stay in orbit around Jupiter until July 2021.

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Juno’s orbit is also the closest that mankind has ever gotten to Jupiter, with the probe’s trajectory bringing it within 2,600 miles of the planet once every two weeks. And although there have been two previous attempts to reach a similar distance, both ended in disaster when the respective crafts were destroyed within the giant’s hostile atmosphere.

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