NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) captured a stunning image for the biggest planet in the Milky Way, Jupiter, and its ghostly moon, Al Ain reported on Thursday.
LRO is orbiting around the Earth’s moon since 2009 and serving the whole solar system from its stand in the moon’s orbit.
The new image was captured in August, but it was posted for the first time by NASA last week after refining it.
Brett Denevi, the deputy principal investigator for LRO camera devices, captioned the photo as: “From the Moon to Jupiter with Love.”
According to NASA’s experts, the value of the picture lied in LRO’s capacity to take the photo as it reflected the extraordinary efforts that the rover did, despite its old and un-upgraded devices.
Denevi explained: “The spacecraft is also gracefully aging so the solar panels must be turned away from the sun for as little time as possible,” continuing, “And then adding in other thermal and timing constraints, the operations team had to work hard to find just the right time to turn the spacecraft toward the outer solar system and scan across Jupiter to get this image.”