NASA's Juno spacecraft, which is currently revolving around Jupiter, captured the dramatic image of the gas giant this month.
With the artistic help of a human assistant on Earth, the image of the spaceship has turned out to be a visual masterpiece.
The color image of Kevin M. Gill, a NASA software engineer who is among Juno's many amateur image processors, shows a large circular storm driven by clouds swirling in a jet stream in the air. northern hemisphere of Jupiter.
Juno has been in an extremely elliptical orbit around Jupiter since 2016. The spacecraft captured this image on February 12, during its 18th close-to-the-planet run, according to NASA. At that time, Juno was only 8,000 miles from the top of Jupiter's cloud.
Launched in 2011, Juno traveled from Earth to Jupiter for five years. The mission seeks to map the interior of Jupiter and to determine the amount of water that is inside the planet, among other objectives. Scientists hope that by studying Jupiter, they will better understand the formation of planets.
NASA has made Juno's raw images publicly available online. The agency encourages amateur astrophotographers to download and enhance images before uploading them back to the Juno website. Dozens of space enthusiasts participated, some simply cutting out the images, others performing an advanced color reconstruction or highlighting an atmospheric feature of the planet.
The enhanced images have been used in NASA reports for scientific journals, according to the agency.
NASA plans to end Juno's mission in July 2021. The spacecraft will then self-destruct by projecting itself to Jupiter.
See some more colorful images of Gill from Juno's 18th pass of Jupiter below.