Spacecraft Juno Found Water in the Atmosphere That Jupiter Was Thought Dry


NASA’s space probe Juno, which previously conveyed us clear images of Jupiter, has received surprising findings about Jupiter’s atmosphere. It was found that the atmosphere of the planet was dry in 1995. However, Juno, who studied a different part of the atmosphere, found a small amount of water in the atmosphere.

NASA’s space probe, Juno, delivered the first data Jupiter obtained about the amount of water in its atmosphere. According to the report published in the newspaper Nature Astronomy, Juno found that 0.25% of the components that make up the equatorial region of the planet’s atmosphere are made up of water.

The information obtained by Juno has been the first data about the water amount of Jupiter since the Galileo mission carried out in 1995. In his Galileo mission, it was concluded that Jupiter is a much drier planet than the Sun. Of course, in these studies, the amount of oxygen and hydrogen, the elements that make up water, was not observed in liquid form. It seems that the “gas giant” is not that dry planet.

Findings may be the key to the secrets of the formation of the Solar System
Obtaining precise results about the amount of water present in Jupiter’s atmosphere was a development that the scientific world was looking forward to. The information obtained was capable of paving the way for us to learn about the formation of the Solar System. Because Jupiter was the first object to become a planet in the system. All of the gas and dust that the Sun does not add to its structure are within Jupiter’s body.

Different regions of the planet’s atmosphere gave different results
The Galileo spacecraft, which was sent to the planet in 1995, detected 10 times less water than scientists had expected. Nothing went wrong at Galileo. However, Juno achieved much different results on the planet. “At the point where we said we understood everything, Jupiter reminded us how much we have to learn,” said Juno chief researcher Scott Bolton.

“The surprising findings of Juno revealed that the planet’s atmosphere is not equal in every region, and this is a puzzle we are still trying to solve. Nobody expected the amount of water in different parts of the planet to be so variable. ”


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