Jupiter's Story

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The Juno Mission’s principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars. So, what’s Jupiter’s story and how will we find out? Juno of course! In Greek and Roman mythology, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief. It was Jupiter's wife, the goddess Juno, who was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter's true nature. The Juno spacecraft will also look beneath the clouds to see what the planet is up to, not seeking signs of misbehavior, but helping us to understand the planet's structure and history. Scientists have hypothesized that Jupiter has three thick layers of atmosphere. Your first clue is to name the simple basic gas that is believed to make up approximately 90% of the atmosphere.

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