The surface of Jupiter, as shown from NASA's Juno spacecraft on Saturday when the craft was 703,000km away.
The surface of Jupiter, as shown from NASA's Juno spacecraft on Saturday when the craft was 703,000km away. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS / HAN

Juno finds Jupiter's a big planet, by Jove

HUMANKIND is as close as ever to discovering the secrets that lie on the surface of Jupiter after the Juno spacecraft completed its first fly-by on Saturday.

Juno is the first to get this close - at about 4200km above the planet's clouds and flying at 200,000kmh.

The fly-by was the first of 36, but we won't see the first of the close-up images until next month.

Jupiter is 1300 times the size of Earth.

NASA's Scott Bolton said the first images to be released would include the highest-resolution views ever of the Jovian atmosphere and the first look at Jupiter's north and south poles.

"We are in an orbit nobody has ever been in before, and these images give us a whole new perspective on this gas-giant world,” he said.


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