The Juno probe is moved closer to the giant planets.
The interplanetary probe Juno is transmitted to Earth new images of Jupiter obtained from a unique position in the “natural” color range during the last rendezvous with a giant planet, according to NASA.
The Juno probe flying to Jupiter five years from August 2011, in early July of last year was close to a giant planet and came to a stable orbit around it. The first two months after convergence, the probe spent on the reduction of the orbit and the scientific instruments and the first scientific data were obtained only at the end of August.
Verification of all scientific instruments Juno and the transition to new, more convenient to conduct observations, the orbit was to be held in mid-October of 2016, however, just before beginning this maneuver, NASA fixed a problem with the engine, which forced engineers to postpone its mission for the next conjunction with Jupiter.
Later, the mission abandoned such plans indefinitely and began to observe Jupiter with a “high” orbit. Because of such failures Juno approaching Jupiter than once in two weeks as originally planned, scientists, and every 53 days.
The recent convergence of Juno to the largest planet of the Solar system, the twelfth, occurred in early April of this year, when the probe once again was at a distance of 17 thousand kilometers from the surface of Jupiter.