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NASA’s Juno Mission Tweets Mystery Space Squiggle

It would be super disappointing if they sent a satellite to Jupiter with its lens cap on.


NASA’s Juno mission flung a satellite to Jupiter using the Earth’s gravity and orbit, and all we got was this space squiggle. OK, we’re actually going to get some really awesome pictures and information about Jupiter, but NASA is teasing that we’ll have to wait until next week to find out what the deal is with this cryptic image.

So what is it? A hair on the lens? Alien death ray? Mr. DNA from Jurassic Park? Here’s what NASA said on the subject:

If you want to learn more about Juno—the first solar powered satellite to explore the outer solar system—and the awesome things it will help us learn, you can watch our friend Bill Nye explain.

(via NASA Juno Mission)

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