NASA craft clos­ing in on Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS - On­line: NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/mis­sion-pages/juno/main/in­dex.html

NASA’s Juno space­craft is about to give us our best look yet of Jupiter’s swirling Great Red Spot.

The space­craft flew di­rectly above the mon­ster storm Mon­day night, pass­ing 5,600 miles (9,000 kilo­me­tres) above the cloud tops.

That’s close by space stan­dards.

Juno’s in­stru­ments will peer through the clouds and help sci­en­tists de­ter­mine how deep the storm is.

The Great Red Spot is so big that at 10,000 miles wide (16,000 kilo­me­tres), it could swal­low Earth.

It will take NASA a few days

to get the close-up im­ages. The team plans to re­lease them Fri­day.

NASA, ESA, AND A. SI­MON (GSFC) VIA AP, FILE

This April 3 file im­age made avail­able by NASA shows the planet Jupiter when it was at a dis­tance of about 415 mil­lion miles from Earth.

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