Juno completes first of 36 flybys of Jupiter
The spacecraft reached the milestone at 6.44 p.m PT on August 28. It successfully completed its first flyby, just 4,200 kilometres (2,600 miles) above the clouds of the gas giant’s north pole.
“We are getting some intriguing early data returns as we speak. It will take days for all the science data collected during the flyby to be downlinked and even more to begin to comprehend what Juno and Jupiter are trying to tell us,” said Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton.
“We are in an orbit nobody has ever been in before, and these images give us a whole new perspective on this gas-giant world.”