Yesterday, the Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter s orbit, ending its near five-year journey. The aim is to analyze and gather data from the biggest planet in our solar system. But guess what? NASA wants you to be a part of the mission as well. The Juno Mission is giving an opportunity to the public to actively participate in the mission by handing the camera over to non-NASA people. The mission lets users decide the points of interest for the spacecraft s JunoCam to capture. Also Read - NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter uses same chip as Samsung Galaxy S5, OnePlus OneAlso Read - NASA Perseverance Mars rover uses 1998 iMac processor with just one upgrade
NASA has an entire page on its website dedicated to this cool citizen science. The space agency is calling out all amateur astronomers to upload their telescopic images and data that they have gathered of/about Jupiter. This data will be used by NASA in planning the future of this mission. Hence, the role of the public would be quite vital to the probe. Also Read - NASA astronauts complete seven hour spacewalk to prep ISS for new solar panels
For submission, NASA has a guideline that participants need to go through, before they can submit any data. It also provides free links and access to software and tutorials.
Based on the data, NASA will hold discussions on the point of interests in Jupiter s atmosphere. These discussions will lead to the most exciting bit of this entire public participation program. The points discussed will lead to a voting, which will allow the public to determine the best location on Jupiter s atmosphere that the JunoCam must capture. Every participant will get a limited number of votes per orbit to put in for their points of interest.
Once the pictures are shot by the JunoCam, NASA will post these images, which can then be downloaded in a RAW format by the participants. They can process these images in their choice of software and share them with their friends and family on social media.