NASA to Host Briefing About New Findings From Jupiter’s Atmosphere

This view of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere from NASA's Juno spacecraft includes several of the planet's southern jet streams. Citizen scientist Tanya Oleksuik created this color-enhanced image using data from the JunoCam camera. The original image was taken on Dec. 30, 2020.
Credits: Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS, Image processing by Tanya Oleksuik © CC NC SA

NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 28, to discuss the latest results from the agency’s Juno spacecraft. The science team will reveal new findings that provide the first 3D look at how the mammoth planet’s roiling atmosphere operates underneath the top layers of clouds, and how these revelations offer insight into the atmospheres of giant planets elsewhere in our universe.

The event will originate from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which manages the Juno mission. It will be livestreamed on NASA Television, the NASA app, the agency’s websiteNASA YouTube and Twitter.

Briefing participants include:
• Lucas Paganini, Juno program scientist at the agency’s headquarters in Washington
• Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio
• Marzia Parisi, Juno scientist, JPL
• Keren Duer, Juno scientist, at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel
• Leigh Fletcher, Juno participating scientist at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England
• Alessandro Mura, Juno co-investigator at the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology in Rome

To participate in the briefing by telephone, reporters must provide their name and affiliation by 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 28, to Rexana Vizza at rexana.v.vizza@jpl.nasa.gov. Members of the media and the public may also ask questions on social media during the briefing using #JunoMission.

Juno has been orbiting and monitoring Jupiter since 2016. The spacecraft is now in an extended mission designed to expand on discoveries the mission has already made about Jupiter’s interior structure, internal magnetic field, atmosphere, and magnetosphere. It will also involve close passes of Jupiter’s north polar cyclones, future flybys of the moons Europa and Io, and the first exploration of the faint rings encircling the planet.

JPL, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott J. Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program, which is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built and operates the spacecraft.

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Karen Fox / Alana Johnson
Headquarters, Washington
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Karolyn Pearson
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.