From the first images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot to the Voyager mission, the gas giant has always fascinated humans. In 2011, the Juno spacecraft launched to let us know more about this planet’s secrets. Juno has provided some of the most jaw-dropping photos of Jupiter to date. Here’s how amazing this spacecraft is and what went into this astronomical project. You can see Juno’s jaw-dropping images of Jupiter beginning on page 9.
1. Juno is huge
The Juno spacecraft is massive. As you can see in the photo above, the craft’s body dwarfs the human standing next to it. When its solar array fully extends, it’s larger than a professional basketball court. The only way they could get this craft into space was to launch it aboard an Atlas V551 rocket.
Next: You won’t believe how fast this thing traveled to Jupiter.