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After 350 Years, Jupiter's Great Red Spot Finally Probed Successfully!

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| July 12 , 2017 , 08:51 IST

The Great Red Spot giant storm raging on Jupiter for the past 350 years has finally been probed successfully by a NASA spacecraft Juno and the first pictures of the probe are likely to be released in a few days, the US space agency said on Tuesday.

"My latest Jupiter flyby is complete!" said a post on the @NASAJuno Twitter account.

The unmanned spacecraft Juno came closer than any other probe before to explore the iconic Giant Red Spot on the largest planet of the solar system, the gas giant Jupiter.

"All science instruments and JunoCam were operating to collect data."

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Monitored since 1830, the Great Red Spot massive storm on Jupiter has an estimated width of 16,000 km and has been churning for centuries, but not much is known about the forces driving it.

According to recent studies, the storm is believed to be shrinking in recent years.

"For generations, people from all over the world and all walks of life have marveled over the Great Red Spot," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator on the Juno project said to agencies.

"Now we are finally going to see what this storm looks like up close and personal."

The Juno flypast took place on June 10 as the spacecraft flew at a height of 9,000 km over the crimson clouds of the Giant Red Spot.

The unmanned space craft Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 5, 2011 and has been orbiting Jupiter for the past year.