A few weeks ago I wrote about the free iBook called "Destination Jupiter" that talks all about the Juno mission to Jupiter. This past week NASA has released some absolutely jaw-dropping images of the never before seen polar regions of Jupiter and they look truly alien. The video below takes all of the still images that Juno snapped during the course of the flyby, stiched them together into a single video and combined the video with some music from 2001 A Space Odyssey. Very creepy music, but it is so fitting considering the crazy images taken of Jupiter's polar region.
The Juno mission was launched on Aug 5, 2011 and settled into orbit around Jupiter just this last summer on July 5, 2016. Then in February of this year NASA announced that Juno would not enter into a lower (closer) orbit of Jupiter as planned due to a concern with the spacecraft's main engine. The good news is that this decision was made to protect the mission and the impact to mission science objectives was minimal to zero. Since then Juno has been busy snapping pictures and learning a lot about our nearest gas giant neighbor.
Great, so we have a pretty amazing piece of technology orbiting Jupiter. Why are we doing this? It can be hard to boil down the science in such a way that the general public can fully understand, but in the case of Juno NASA has done just that...in the form of a free iBook from Apple called Destination Jupiter. The book does a great job of explaining the origins of the mission, the science we are tying to answer by going there and telling the story of how the mission came to be. This entire narrative is told along side some amazing graphics and photos in a way that makes you feel like you were right there with the team all those years during the mission development, launch and cruise phase all the way to Jupiter (you know, without having to endure the painfully cold vacuum of space).
But wait, there's more! Not only was there a book written but the Juno mission has inspired a lot of artists to create music to commemorate the mission, like Trent Reznor and Brad Paisley. Apple is currently running a promotional banner in the iTunes Music Store that features all of the music inspired by the Juno mission in a single place (see the image below). So go check out the iTunes Store and the Destination Jupiter banner and get a little bit of art to go with your science!