Beneath the Surface: NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter

Juno is a NASA mission to Jupiter that is led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The Juno spacecraft launched on August 5, 2011 and will arrive at Jupiter in July 2016. The spacecraft will spend about a year orbiting the giant gas planet investigating its origins and inner workings.

Beneath the Surface is inspired by the science and technology of the Juno mission. Dan Goods, JPL’s Visual Strategist, has created an interactive installation intended to help museum viewers experience the mystery of Juno’s visit to a cloud-covered planet. Goods’s installation consists of a large container of fog, which hides infrared lights. Infrared light is invisible to the naked eye, but is visible to most cell phone cameras. Just as the Juno mission uses special detectors to peer through the clouds of Jupiter and reveal the depths of its storms, the visitor can “see” lightning storms underneath this foggy surface.