Program: GN-2018A-Q-108

Title:High-Resolution Mapping of Jupiter's Clouds in the Near Infrared: Support for the Juno Mission PJ11-PJ14
PI:Glenn Orton
Co-I(s): Alessandro Mura, Michael Wong, James Sinclair, Rohini Giles, Andrew Stephens, Giuseppe Sindoni, Thomas Momary, Thomas K. Greathouse, Davide Grassi, Kevin Baines, Patrick Irwin, Leigh Fletcher, Imke de Pater, Alberto Adriani


We propose to extend and enhance the Juno mission's scientific output by supplementing the spatial and spectral coverage of its payload, concentrating on suport for its microwave (MWR), near-infrared (JIRAM) and CCD (JunoCam) instruments. We will image Jupiter over a range of methane and molecular-hydrogen absorption features to map the horizonal and vertical distribution of cloud at epochs that are contemporaneous with the scheduled passage of the Juno spacecraft in its close-in orbits at Jupiter. Images of Jupiter will be made at key times when the confiruation of the Galilean satellites allow for AO-stabilized imaging that is equivalent to ~350 km at Jupiter and the closest possible to JIRAM's and JunoCam's polar spatial resolution on the order of 50 km and the MWR's ~350-1000 km at closest apoproach to Jupiter.