While many NASA workers were sipping coffee on Wednesday morning, the space agency’s Juno examine was screaming over the cloud tops of Jupiter at roughly 130,000 miles per hour.
The $1 billion goal sends Juno overhanging around the world on an elliptical circuit about once every 53.5 days. The booster done its eleventh close pass, or perijove, around 9:36 a.m. ET on Feb 7, holding some beautiful photos of the gas hulk in the process.
The new images exhibit hulk bands of swirling storms and a scarcely bright, pillowy cloud, among other features.
Sometimes it takes Juno days (or even weeks) to lamp back all of its tender picture data, but the JunoCam instrument’s forlorn perspective is always worth the wait. The images shared online frequency come from NASA, though: The information gets posted to a special website where a village of scholarship and art enthusiasts can take the black-and-white files and tweak them into overwhelming tone pictures, which they upload back to the site.
Here are some of the prettiest new images we’ve seen from Juno’s latest orbit.