Here at RSVLTS HQ, we already know that mankind will touch down on the surface of Mars in 2027 — a mission we’ve had the forethought to memorialize with our Wolves of Mars Bomber Jacket and Hoodie — but perhaps it’s time we start looking ahead to a manned Jupiter mission because NASA’s latest photos of the gas giant are some of the most incredible images in the galaxy.
Launched from Cape Canaveral Air on August 5, 2011, NASA’s Juno space probe entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 5, 2016 and has been capturing mind-blowing photos via its JunoCam visible-light camera/telescope ever since. The raw images captured by JunoCam are then uploaded to the Juno mission website where they are freely available for amateur astronomers/artists to enhance in any way they see fit.
Over the last couple months, “citizen scientists” Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran have become internet sensations with their processed JunoCam images that highlight the colorful swirls of Jupiter’s stormy atmosphere, transforming the planet into a Van Gogh-esque work of art.
While no one knows for sure if there is even a solid core to Jupiter for a manned mission to land on, 2001: A Space Odyssey leads us to believe that there probably is and it’s home to a mysterious monolith that will forever change mankind. Hmm, maybe it’s time for another theoretical mission jacket…