NASA’s Juno space probe first launched on August 5, 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and after traveling for more than five years, over a distance of 1.74 billion miles, it arrived in orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016. During its first exploratory missions, Juno glided beneath the planet’s cloud cover—coming within about 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) of the planet—to study its gassy auroras and find out more about the the largest planet in our solar system. Now recently, on October 24th, Juno completed its 8th successful flyby, and by October 31st had transmitted fascinating new data back to Earth.
Anticipating transmission delays due to a solar conjunction—a period of time time when communications between Jupiter and Earth are obscured by close proximity to the sun—engineers sent instructions ahead of time so that Juno’s data was stored onboard until it was safe to transmit back to Earth. “All the science collected during the flyby was carried in Juno’s memory until yesterday, when Jupiter came out of solar conjunction,” explains Juno’s project manager, Ed Hirst from NASA. “All science instruments and the spacecraft’s JunoCam were operating, and the new data are now being transmitted to Earth and being delivered into the hands of our science team.”
From JunoCam’s freely available raw data, new images were processed by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran. The stunning results show the planet’s mysterious north and south poles, as well as gigantic swirling gas storms.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.