NASA’s solar-powered Juno spacecraft has sent back its first pictures since arriving at Jupiter, but the space agency needs the world’s amateur astronomers to figure out where to point the camera next.
An image taken from orbit more than 4 million kilometers away released July 12 shows Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, surrounded by three of its four largest moons. But Juno’s about to get a lot closer, coming within 5,000 kilometers of Jupiter’s highest clouds. That’s when the really cool pictures can be taken.
You can suggest points of interest on the planet for Juno to photograph, and community voting will determine where the spacecraft snaps its images, according to Candice Hansen-Koharcheck, a scientist at Planetary Science Institute responsible for JunoCam, the color camera instrument on Juno.
To participate in the mission, visit JunoCam’s website
to find tutorials and software, and upload your own telescopic images of Jupiter.