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SPACE: NASA Craft Flies Over Jupiter’s Red Spot

Cassini Jupiter

Scientists are about to get an up-close and personal look at the planet Jupiter’s most famous landmark, the Great Red Spot.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will be directly over the spot shortly after 10 p.m. ET Monday, July 10, about 5,600 miles above the gas giant’s cloud tops. That’s closer than any spacecraft has been before. The spot is actually a giant storm that has been blowing on Jupiter for centuries. It’s huge, larger than Earth in diameter.

Not only will Juno’s camera be able to capture detailed images of the spot, but the probe also carries scientific instruments that can provide additional details about the storm. For example, the microwave radiometer can peer through the clouds and see what kinds of atmospheric structures underpin the spot.

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