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It is scheduled to make its next close pass to Jupiter on September 1.

The JunoCam community, a group of citizen scientists who process these images to create art, has already pounced upon the new pics and taken them to another level.

"The public also helps determine which points on the planet will be photographed", the NASA website states. It was still flying near the surface of Jupiter, at an elevation of 9,000km, when it passed over the Great Red Spot 11 minutes later.

For the first time in history, NASA has taken close up images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Now, people can see the closest ever view of the massive storm for themselves. The Great Red Spot is continuously observed since about 1830.

The lead project scientist of Juno mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Steve Levin said, "This is a storm bigger than the entire Earth". The Great Red Spot is 10,000 miles wide, which is wider than the diameter of Earth. We invite you to download them, do your own image processing, and we encourage you to upload your creations for us to enjoy and share. The images show a blob of swirling reddish hues in the middle of Jupiter's white clouds. At this time, it was about 3,500 km (2,200 mi) above Jupiter's cloud tops.

The Juno science team will no doubt enjoy the many fantastic photos, but the researchers are more interested in data from another spacecraft instrument, the Microwave Radiometer (MWR).

Early science results from NASA's Juno mission portray the largest planet in our solar system as a turbulent world, with an intriguingly complex interior structure, energetic polar aurora, and huge polar cyclones.

In the meantime, enjoy the latest batch of images provided by Juno, and the savvy photo editors who turned the craft's raw image data into stunning pictures.


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