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Celebrating Juno: NASA's best images of Jupiter

HUMANKIND is as close as ever to discovering the secrets that lie on the surface of Jupiter after the Juno spacecraft completed its first successful fly-by on Saturday.

Juno is the first to get this close to the surface of Jupiter at a distance of about 4200km from the planet's clouds.

This weekend's fly-by is one of 36 it will perform, but we back on Earth won't see the first of the close-up images until next month.  

NASA's Scott Bolton said the first images to be released would include the highest-resolution views ever of the Jovian atmosphere and the first look at Jupiter's north and south poles.

"We are in an orbit nobody has ever been in before, and these images give us a whole new perspective on this gas-giant world," he said.

Before then, take a look back at some of the most iconic images of Jupiter's swirling surface, dating back to Voyager 1 in 1979.

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