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A Jupiter Moonshot

Not since the Galileo Jupiter mission ended in 2003 have we been able to see an in-orbit view of the solar system’s largest planet. On July 4, NASA’s Juno spacecraft fired its main engine to slide into polar orbit, then six days later sent this image of the planet and moons to confirm that the JunoCam had survived its first pass through Jupiter’s intense radiation. The team expects the first high-resolution pictures on August 27, during the next close pass.

Heather Goss is the Departments Editor at Air & Space.

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