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10 amazing images of Jupiter

By: Katherine Butler on July 5, 2016, 12:21 p.m.
An illustration of the Juno spacecraft in front of Jupiter

Photo: NASA/JPL/Wikimedia Commons

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The Juno mission is the next phase in NASA's exploration of the planet. With the goal of improving our understanding of the planet, the orbiter will study Jupiter's origins, interior structure, deep atmosphere and magnetosphere. The solar-powered orbiter has an impressive suite of scientific instruments such that the world has never seen. Juno launched in August 2011, and it entered the gas giant's orbit on July 4, 2016. It will spend 20 months orbiting Jupiter and then burn up in the planet's atmosphere in early 2018.