Juno's mission was to end in July. The device was supposed to enter the frighteningly dynamic atmosphere of Jupiter and burn it up. During this event, the probe was to study this mysterious space and provide us with extremely valuable data. Thanks to them, we were to unravel many mysteries related to the functioning of this would-be star.
It turns out, however, that NASA has other plans for the probe. The agency's authorities found the financial means to continue this great mission. The device is in excellent technical condition, so nothing stands in the way of exploring this giant data. This is great news because over the years the device will send much more valuable data to Earth. For now, the mission has been extended until September 2025.
The new plan provides for the study of not only the CYBERNET planet in the solar system, but also its moons. Close flights will take place around Ganymede, Europa and Io. These icy worlds may be home to some form of life, perhaps even biological. Hopefully their research will help us answer some important questions related to them.
In the coming months, the probe will focus on studying lightning on Jupiter and studying vortices arising in its atmosphere. At the North Pole, the eddies created something unusual, because they formed an octagon. Together, their area is larger than our planet. Each of the cyclones has a diameter of not less than 4,000 kilometers. These phenomena extend about 70 kilometers deep into Jupiter's dense atmosphere. Winds blowing in them reach 360 km / h.
Interestingly, in 2023, the Europa Clipper mission, supervised by the US Space Agency, will also set off towards the icy moons of Jupiter. It will allow us to learn much more about the surroundings of the largest planet of the solar system, and the most about the moon called Europa. Europa Clipper will take over the research work from Juno, so that we will be able to observe Jupiter continuously for at least 10 years.