NASA releases new images of raging storm on Jupiter

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The US space agency’s Juno spacecraft flew over the storm late Monday, offering humanity’s closest look yet at the iconic feature of our solar system’s largest planet.

“For hundreds of years scientists have been observing, wondering and theorizing about Jupiter’s Great Red Spot,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

“Now we have the best pictures ever.”

Scientists hope to learn more about what drives the storm, and Bolton said it would take some time to analyze the data captured by Juno’s eight instruments as it passed over the tempest a height of 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers).