Jupiter, the "king" of planets in our solar system, is a hostile place you definitely would not want to visit. The giant gulls are flying on the ground and are flying on the planet.
Jupiter is still one of NASA's favorite photography targets because it's just so beautiful. Now, NASA is showing off a new, enhanced image snapped by Juno spacecraft, and it's pure eye candy.
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The image might look like a single photo but, as NASA explains in a new blog post, it's actually the result of three separate snapshots captured by Juno:
Juno took the three images used to produce this color-enhanced view on Feb. 12, 2019, between 9:59 am. PST (12:59 p.m. EST) and 10:39 a.m. PST (1:39 p.m. EST), the seventeenth science pass of Jupiter. Jupiter's cloud tops, above a latitude latitude of about 40 to 74 degrees. At the time the images were taken, the spacecraft between 16.700 miles (26,900 kilometers) and 59,300 miles (95,400 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops.
NASA uploads all Juno's "JunoCam" images to a web portal where citizen scientists can apply enhancements that bring out additional detail. In this case, a citizen scientist named Kevin M. Gill spent some time sprucing things up and the end result is the beautiful view you see above (full resolution here).
Juno has proven invaluable to NASA during its over seven years orbiting Jupiter. The spacecraft has been taught to be scientists of the planet's most iconic features, like the Great Red Spot, are gradually dying.
Juno's original mission timeline lasted seven years, but because of the spacecraft was still performing well, NASA has since extended it until mid-2021.
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