Category: Jupiter

ULA Will Launch NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft ‘in the Sky With Diamonds’ to Study Asteroids

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft — named for humans’ earliest known ancestor, and designed to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids — will launch from Cape Canaveral in 2021 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Jovian Close Encounter Captured by NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

A multitude of magnificent, swirling clouds in Jupiter’s dynamic North North Temperate Belt is captured in this image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Appearing in the scene are several bright-white “pop-up” clouds as well as an anticyclonic storm, known as a white oval.

WATCH: How NASA Scientist Looks in the Depths of Great Red Spot to Find Water on Jupiter

For centuries, scientists have worked to understand the makeup of Jupiter. It’s no wonder: this mysterious planet is the biggest one in our solar system by far, and chemically, the closest relative to the Sun. Understanding Jupiter is key to learning more about how our solar system formed, and even about how other solar systems develop.

SPACE WATCH: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to Target Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the most ambitious and complex space observatory ever built, will use its unparalleled infrared capabilities to study Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, shedding new light on the enigmatic storm and building upon data returned from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories.

IMAGE OF THE DAY: NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Captures the Chaotic Clouds of Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft took this color-enhanced image at 10:23 p.m. PDT on May 23, 2018 (1:23 a.m. EDT on May 24), as the spacecraft performed its 13th close flyby of Jupiter. At the time, Juno was about 9,600 miles (15,500 kilometers) from the planet’s cloud tops, above a northern latitude of 56 degrees.