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NASA's $1 Billion Probe Just Sent Back Mind-Meltingly Gorgeous New Images of Jupiter

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NASA's $US1 billion Juno spacecraft completed its 10th high-speed trip around Jupiter on December 16.

The robot gets relatively close to the gas giant planet and takes new photos with its JunoCam instrument roughly every 53 days, while travelling at speeds up to 130,000 mph (209,000 km/h).

It can take days or sometimes weeks to receive the images, but the wait is worth it. The latest batch of photos features countless swirling, hallucinatory clouds and storms.

Researchers at NASA and the Southwest Research Institute uploaded the raw image data to their websites in late December. Since then, dozens of people have processed the black-and-white files into gorgeous, calendar-ready colour pictures.

"As pretty as a planet can get, but get too close and Jupiter will END YOU," Sean Doran, a UK-based graphic artist who regularly processes NASA images, said about the new images in a tweet.

Here are some of the best new photos and animations made with JunoCam data by Doran and other fans of the spacecraft.

NASA launched Juno in 2011, and it took nearly five years for the probe to reach Jupiter.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran)

Juno's orbit takes it far beyond Jupiter - then quickly and closely around the world - to minimise exposing electronics to the planet's harsh radiation fields.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin Gill)

During each 53.5-day orbit, called a perijove, JunoCam records a new batch of photos.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin Gill)

The spacecraft is the only one ever to fly above and below Jupiter's poles.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran)

Researchers are trying to make sense of the gas giant's swirling mess of polar cloud formations, like these captured during Juno's tenth perijove.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran)

The planet's many bands of cloud groups are also a scientific puzzle.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Seán Doran)

Some of the storms seen on Jupiter are larger than Earth's diameter.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran)

A full set of JunoCam images looks like this:

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin Gill)

But some fans of the spacecraft have figured out how to stitch them together into time-lapse movies.

Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/SPICE/Gerald Eichstädt

NASA expects Juno to orbit Jupiter for at least a couple more years, and continue beaming back incredible new pictures.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt)

However, the space agency will eventually destroy the $US1 billion robot. This will prevent an accidental crash into Jupiter's icy moon Europa, which may harbour an ocean - and potentially alien life.

Here's half of Jupiter's icy moon Europa as seen via images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute )
 

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Stunning pics!

Wouldn't be in the least shocked if at least one tin foiler chimed in and labeled them fake or staged.

But I digress.. Again, stunning!
 
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Wow It looks stunning!!!!!! jupiter must be having core of a superfluid for such high gravity!!!!!
 

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Beautiful, stunning!!!!!! with minus 234 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 145 degrees Celsius) temperatures, I suppose this is as close humans are going to get.:cray:
 

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Beautiful. From a layman's point of view. But have they (NASA) deduced it as to which has these are made of?
 

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Wouldn't be in the least shocked if at least one tin foiler chimed in and labeled them fake or staged.
Sorry, tin Foil Hats Actually Make it Easier for the Government to Track and control your Thoughts with radio waves!!! I have traded in my tin foil for new classified hat, and yes pictures are, SO, SO fake :moil:
 

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Sorry, tin Foil Hats Actually Make it Easier for the Government to Track and control your Thoughts with radio waves!!! I have traded in my tin foil for new classified hat, and yes pictures are, SO, SO fake :moil:
You're right, the pics are fake. Come to think about it, I think the probe is probably just an elaborate hologram :crazy_pilot:

Good luck with the new upgraded classified hat.
 

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