Tuesday 27 September 2016

Nasa spacecraft sends back first pictures since arriving at Jupiter

Published 13/07/2016 | 07:14

This image was taken by the Juno spacecraft, five days after it arrived at Jupiter. (Juno/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS via AP)
This image was taken by the Juno spacecraft, five days after it arrived at Jupiter. (Juno/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS via AP)
The new six-member Expedition 48 crew join each other for well wishes and congratulations from family, friends and mission officials. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A Nasa spacecraft has sent back the first pictures since arriving at Jupiter.

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An image shows Jupiter surrounded by three of its four largest moons, taken on Saturday when the Juno spacecraft was circling three million miles away. Even at that distance, Jupiter's Great Red Spot - a centuries-old atmospheric storm - was visible.

Juno entered orbit around Jupiter last week after a five-year journey. It is on a 20-month mission to map the giant planet's poles, atmosphere and interior.

During the approach, the camera and instruments were powered off as a precaution as Juno braved intense radiation. The instruments were turned back on several days after the arrival.

Scientists have said close-ups of Jupiter will not come until next month when Juno swings back around.

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