Colloquium: Candy Hansen, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson
JunoCam images of Jupiter and its Moons: a New Perspective.
Abstract: The Juno spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter carries a camera on its payload, JunoCam, used for both science and outreach. Juno’s unique polar orbit yields polar perspectives unavailable to earth-based observers or previous spacecraft. In a highly elliptical orbit Juno’s closest approach comes within 3500 km of Jupiter’s cloudtops. Evolution of the orbit has allowed the spacecraft to pass close to Ganymede and Europa, with close Io passes in the near future. Members of the public have been invited to process JunoCam images. Contributions by artists yield products suitable for framing and help us all to appreciate the beauty of the largest planet in our solar system.