Juno is an investment that has cost mankind millions upon millions. And this is why the success of its mission is so paramount. Thus far, the space probe has already gotten further than any of its predecessors. Still, there is plenty of hope that Juno will get even closer to the mysterious planet.
As Nature World News notes, it has taken Juno 5 years to get to Jupiter and reached its orbit on July 4th. After which, it started on the second phase of its mission, which will take 37 orbits to complete. Further, it will get closest to Jupiter sometime next month still.
When it first entered the orbit, the Juno Cam started to take photos as it gets closer and closer to the planet. And in the span of 17 days, it has taken 1,300 photos. In a press release, NASA's spokesperson said, "NASA/JPL is excited to share the unprocessed images... Collection of the images began 3 weeks before Juno fired its engines to slow down and be captured into orbit."
These photos were then put one right after the other, to create a movie of sorts. The result is a beautiful video in the journey to Jupiter. As Mail Online explains, this is because the Juno Cam takes 82 photos every 30 seconds. Furthermore, each of the images spans Juno's entire rotation. So when these snaps are stitched together, one after the other, it truly is an incredible image.
Of course, Juno is not the only aspect of the photos that Juno takes. In fact, the space probe has provided stunning photos of Jupiter's moons as well. And because of the frequency at which the photos are taken, the images allow the rest of the world to observe just how these moons orbit Jupiter. This is the first time in human history that man has the opportunity to do so.