NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this view on Aug. 27 as it closed in on Jupiter's north pole, about two hours before the probe's nearest approach. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS hide caption

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NASA Probe Takes First-Ever Close-Up Images Of Jupiter's North Pole

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Though Jupiter's red spot looks small in this photo, it's actually about 10,000 miles wide — bigger than Earth's diameter. Space Telescope Science Institute/NASA hide caption

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How Jupiter's Red Spot Makes Things High Above It Hot, Hot, Hot

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Congress is requiring NASA to travel to Jupiter's moon Europa by 2022. Currently, it is the space agency's only new mission planned for the outer solar system. NASA/JPL hide caption

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What Comes Next For NASA After Juno? Not Much

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When it named this mission, NASA acknowledged its difficulty. Juno was a Roman goddess, the agency notes, "who was Jupiter's wife, and who could also see through clouds." NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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This illustration show's NASA's Juno mission approaching Jupiter. Juno used distant stars to chart its course across the void. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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'Star Trackers' Help Juno Find Its Way

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Launched from Earth in 2011, the Juno space probe has nearly reached Jupiter. If all goes as hoped, the probe will repeatedly dive between the planet and intense belts of charged particle radiation, in an orbit that will take it from pole to pole. JPL/NASA hide caption

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Juno Space Probe Is Set To Enter Jupiter's Orbit On Monday

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A view from Earth of a slender crescent moon in close proximity to the two brightest planets in the sky, Venus and Jupiter. Justin Lane/epa/Corbis hide caption

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Track Jupiter's Path Like An Ancient Babylonian

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An artistic conception of the Jupiter-like exoplanet, 51 Eridani b, seen in the near-infrared light that shows the hot layers deep in its atmosphere glowing through clouds. Danielle Futselaar & Franck Marchis, SETI Institute hide caption

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