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10 amazing images of Jupiter

By: Katherine Butler on June 23, 2016, 12:21 p.m.
An illustration of the Juno spacecraft in front of Jupiter

Photo: NASA/JPL/Wikimedia Commons

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Juno

The Juno mission is the next step 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 is scheduled to reach the gas giant on July 4, 2016. It will spend 20 months orbiting Jupiter and then burn up in the planet's atmosphere in early 2018.