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Juno's First Photo

Juno's First Photo

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, July 14, 2016/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design

                     Jupiter the moons of Io, Europa, and Ganymede as seen by Juno (credit: JPL)

The Juno space probe that went into orbit around Jupiter on July 4th has returned its first photograph, just released by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech.

According to JPL, the first image "indicates Junocam survived its first pass through Jupiter's radiation environment without degradation and is ready to take on Jupiter."

The photograph was taken when the space probe was 2.7 million miles from the giant planet on the outbound leg of its first 53-day capture-orbit. The color image shows features on Jupiter, including the Great Red Spot, and three of the massive planet's largest moons---Io, Europa, and Ganymede. JunoCam is a color, visible-light, camera designed to capture images of Jupiter's poles and clouds.

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