Jul 10, 2017

Juno to get up-close look at Jupiter's Great Red Spot

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Tonight, NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, giving scientists an "up-close and personal" view of the storm which has been raging on the planet's surface for at least 180 years, according to NASA.

Why it matters: This will be Juno's sixth flyby over the planet's clouds; it's expected to be approximately 5,600 miles above the Great Red Spot when it makes its closest pass at 10:06 p.m. ET. Scott Bolton, Principal Investigator of Juno at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, told NASA Juno "will dive in to see how deep the roots of this storm go, and help us understand how this giant storm works and what makes it so special."

Six-year journey: Juno was launched in August 2011 and was in Jupiter's orbit for exactly a year as of July 4, logging 71 million miles around the planet.

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Trump and Zuckerberg share phone call amid social media furor

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In the week that President Trump took on social media, Axios has learned that he had a call Friday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that was described by both sides as productive.

Why it matters: With the White House and Twitter at war, Facebook has managed to keep diplomatic relations with the world's most powerful social-media devotee.

Twitter, Google lead chorus of brands backing George Floyd protests

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Twitter and Google are among the dozens of brands over the past 24 hours that have taken public stances in favor of Americans protesting racial equality. Some companies have changed their logos in solidarity with the movement, while others have pledged money in support of efforts to address social injustice.

Why it matters: The pressure that companies feel to speak out on issues has increased during the Trump era, as businesses have sought to fill a trust void left by the government. Now, some of the biggest companies are quickly taking a public stand on the protests, pressuring all other brands to do the same.

NYPD commissioner: "I'm extremely proud" of officers' response to protests

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in February. Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a public statement Sunday that he is "extremely proud" of the New York City Police Department's response to protests over the death of George Floyd Saturday night, writing: "What we saw in New York City last night and the night before was not about peaceful protest of any kind."

Why it matters: New York City residents captured several instances of police officers using excessive force against demonstrators. In one video, two NYPD SUVs are seen ramming into protesters who were blocking a road and throwing traffic cones at the vehicles.