NASA gets closest ever look at Jupiter

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Juno successfully completed the first of 36 flybys of Jupiter on Saturday. Passing 2,600 miles above the planet, this is the closest Juno will come to Jupiter during the mission.

With all data devices activated, NASA has its most extensive view of the giant planet.

Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno, anticipates the mission will reveal new information about Jupiter.

“We are getting some intriguing data returns,” he said.

While NASA has no timeline to make data from the mission available to the public, pictures from the JunoCam are expected to be released in coming weeks.

Space fans will get the first glimpse of the planet’s north and south poles thanks to the highest-resolution images captured by Juno.

“We are in an orbit nobody has ever been in before,” Bolton said. “These images give us a whole new perspective on this gas-giant world.”

(Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS)

(Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS)