Although man has been gazing into the stars and hoping that something sentient or at least remotely interesting will gaze back for centuries now, we didn’t know much about our Universe (maybe not even about our own Solar System) until the modern age came with its technological boom. But now, space exploration is at an all-time high and, if projects and mission keep having the incredible success rates we’ve seen them more or less have by now, we will soon learn many of our Universe’s deepest (and maybe darkest) mysteries and secrets.
Jupiter, the Solar System’s Giant
Jupiter is hands down the biggest planet in our Solar System, which also gained it its name. And its most recognizable trademark is its Great Red Spot, which is actually a heat storm of cataclysmic proportions. And now for the first time ever, one daring NASA spacecraft will finally get up close and personal with the Great Red Spot to see what makes it tick. The spacecraft in question is Juno, and it’s set to hover directly over the spot after 10 p.m. ET this Monday.
Needless to say, Juno will still keep its safe distance from the Great Red Spot, but it will be situated only 5,600 miles above the cloud tops of Jupiter, which is the closest any manmade spacecraft has ever gotten to the spot. What scientists aim to find out through this is what causes the storm and why it has been going on for such a long time. NASA is putting its best technology at play in order to find out everything there is to know about Jupiter’s most long-lasting storm.
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