Until a few days ago, scientists had no flipping idea what Jupiter s poles looked like.
But now, thanks to NASA s Juno spacecraft, which dropped into orbit around the distant gas giant on July 4th after a five-year solar-powered journey, scientists are seeing two sides of Jupiter they ve never seen before.
Turns out the view is pretty good: Jupiter s poles are gorgeous, cloudy, surprisingly blue, and chock full of science.
Earth is tipped over 23.5 degrees.
That makes its poles darn near impossible to see without a direct flyover, and previous missions to Jupiter have tended to fly in equatorial orbits.
NASA s Juno Probe Just Made It Safely Into Jupiter s Orbit