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10 amazing images of Jupiter

By: Katherine Butler on Dec. 1, 2010, 10:10 a.m.
artist rendering of Juno passing Jupiter

Photo: NASA artist's rendering

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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 orbiter has an impressive suite of scientific instruments such that the world has never seen. Juno will be launched in August 2011, and is scheduled to reach the gas giant in 2016.