Five Years Later, Juno Finally Got The First In-Orbit Photo Of Jupiter

The NASA probe started orbiting the planet in early July.

By Lauren Stephenson | July 13, 2016

You're looking at Jupiter in the first in-orbit photo sent from NASA's Juno.

The solar-powered probe entered Jupiter's orbit July 4, nearly five years after it launched. 

The mission's goals include learning how Jupiter came to be and how it has changed, as well as finding a solid core and mapping the planet's magnetic field.

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JunoCam took the image July 10.

According to researchers, the photo is a good sign because it means Juno likely hasn't degraded.

At least not yet. Jupiter's intense radiation is expected to damage and could eventually disable the probe.

Take a closer look, and you'll see the photo shows three of Jupiter's four largest moons and the planet's Great Red Spot.

And we can expect more photos. The researchers say JunoCam will take its first high-resolution photo Aug. 27.

This video includes clips from NASA and NASA/JPL-Caltech and images from NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS and Getty Images.

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