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NASA spacecraft sends back detailed pictures of Jupiter's raging, red storm

The Juno mission is studying the solar system's largest planet. (Source: NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran) The Juno mission is studying the solar system's largest planet. (Source: NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran)

(CNN) - On Wednesday, NASA released several images of Jupiter's famed "Great Red Spot."

Its Juno mission, which offers an unprecedented view of the solar system's largest planet, capture the photos with its on-board camera. The spacecraft was only 5,600 miles above the storm, making the images the closest ever of the spot.

The spot, which is actually a raging storm, is 10,000 miles wild. It's about three-times larger than Earth.

According to NASA, the storm may be 350-years-old.

The Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter last year after being launched in 2011. It will crash into the planet's atmosphere in 2018 after completing its mission and sending back more information and images of the gas giant.

Earlier this year, it sent back pictures of the planet's colorful clouds.

NASA colorizes the images and also releases them to the public to edit.

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