NASA Completes Its Historic Flight Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA Spacecraft Juno Successfully Peers Into Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA Spacecraft Juno Successfully Peers Into Jupiter's Great Red Spot

A NASA spacecraft is about to get up close and personal with one of the solar system's most famous storms.

"My latest #Jupiter science flyby is complete!"

The Juno science team will no doubt enjoy the many unbelievable photos, but the researchers are more interested in data from another spacecraft instrument, the Microwave Radiometer (MWR). At its lowest point, NASA's probe was only 5,600 miles (9,000 km) above the clouds of Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

Juno originally arrived at Jupiter on July 4th, 2016, and has since completed six orbits while conducting scientific investigations. The flyby yielded closeups of the gas giant's famed Great Red Spot.

This is where we will post raw images. Scientists don't fully understand what created the storm, or how it's been swirling around for so long.

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Juno will make repeated passes over the Great Red Spot and "we're so close, I think we're going to blow their stuff away", Bolton said of earlier missions.

For the first time ever, scientists and researchers will be able to see, in detail, the enormous Great Red Spot first noticed on Jupiter in the 1600s but continuously observed since 1830. The little craft entered orbit around Jupiter last July, and has been sending back stunning photos and sounds of the planet since.

It covered another 39,771 km (24,713 miles) 11 minutes, 33 seconds later and flew by the crimson clouds of the GRS at a distance of 9,000 km (5,600 miles) above the clouds. Previous Juno flybys have revealed a number of intense storms in the planet's polar regions.

Today, NASA released the first photos from the Juno satellite's close encounter with the solar system's largest storm.

"Not a lot is known", Scott Bolton, principal investigator with NASA's Juno probe, told CBS News in an interview Monday. JPL is a division of Caltech in Pasadena.