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NASA publishes the first close 2021 up of Jupiter’s largest moon

NASA publishes the first close 2021 up of Jupiter's largest moon
NASA publishes the first close 2021 up of Jupiter’s largest moon

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has provided the first close-up shots of Jupiter’s largest moon in two decades.

Juno passed the icy region of Ganymede on Monday, passing within 645 miles (1,038 kilometres) and the last time a spacecraft came close to that limit was in 2000 when NASA’s Galileo spacecraft swept into our solar system’s largest moon.

And NASA released the first two images of Juno, on Tuesday, to highlight Ganymede craters and long and narrow features that may be linked to tectonic faults, and one of them shows the far side of the moon, opposite the sun.

“This is the closest spacecraft to this giant moon in a generation, and we’ll take our time before we draw any scientific conclusions, but until then we can simply To marvel at this celestial wonder – the only moon in our solar system that appears larger than Mercury.

” Ganymede is one of 79 known moons around Jupiter, the gas giant, discovered by Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei Ganymede in 1610, along with Jupiter’s three largest moons.

Launched a decade ago, Juno has orbited Jupiter for five years, and carries an array of sensitive instruments capable of seeing Ganymede in ways never before possible.

It will look at the crust of the moon’s water ice to obtain data about its composition and temperature

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NASA publishes the first close 2021 up of Jupiter’s largest moon
NASA publishes the first close 2021 up of Jupiter’s largest moon

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