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First in-orbit images of Jupiter from NASA spacecraft

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 00:36

NASA'S Juno spacecraft sends its first in-orbit view of Jupiter, known to be the biggest planet in the solar system. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) NASA'S Juno spacecraft sent its first in-orbit view of Jupiter after it capped a five-year journey to the planet on July 4. Juno was sent to probe the origins of the biggest planet in the solar system and find out how it impacted the rise of life on Earth, the U.S. space agency said. Its camera was turned on after it placed itself into Jupiter's orbit. The new view was obtained when the spacecraft was 2.7 million miles (4.3 million km) from Jupiter on the outbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit, NASA said. The colour image shows three of the massive planet's four largest moons - Io, Europa and Ganymede. The first high-resolution images of the gas giant Jupiter are still a few weeks away. The probe also will hunt for water in Jupiter's thick atmosphere, a key yardstick for figuring out how far away from the sun the gas giant formed.

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First in-orbit images of Jupiter from NASA spacecraft

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 00:36