On Saturday, August 27th, the Juno spacecraft performed its first of its 36 flybys of the planet Jupiter, coming within 2,600 miles of the atmosphere. It didn’t have much time – it was zipping by at about 130,000 mph! It was also the closest that Juno will get to the planet. On its way in, it snapped a few shots, including this one showing the poles of the planet and transition between the light and dark sides. The image shown is just the first teaser – JunoCam will be giving us a lot more in the weeks to come.

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Posted by Darren Beyer

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