NASA’s spacecraft passed Jupiter’s largest moon in 21 years on the closest of Monday (June 7).
Juno dazzled by the icy moon of Ganymede safely at an altitude of just 645 miles (1,000 kilometers) at 12:56 a.m. EDT (1656 GMT), but we won’t be receiving any images or data for a while, as NASA typically requires them to be downloaded to Earth when The spaceship is busy collecting data.
“This is our first close Ganymede flyover in 20 years! Stay tuned for scientific images and results.” NASA Solar System Twitter account said while flying overGanymede̵7;s last pass was in 2000 by Galileo spaceshipwhich orbited Jupiter and orbited several moons between 1995 and 2003.
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Juno’s next trick is to accelerate again above Jupiter’s cloud tops on Route 34 in harsh radiation environmentOn Tuesday, the agency added Juno is on a long-term mission to learn more about the planet’s interior and climate. and approved for another world mission expansionThis time to 2025 earlier this year, following the return of science since arriving at the Jupiter system in 2016.
The newly accomplished Ganymede spacecraft could provide important information for future exploration of Jupiter’s icy moons. There will be two missions to explore in the 2030s: fruit juice missions of the European Space Agency and Europa Clipper NASA mission ice moon It is considered a habitable environment due to the aquatic environment and the gravitational energy source of nearby planets.
The flyover includes several Juno instrumental and camera inspections: Triple Camera, Radio Instrument, Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS), Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) and Microwave Radiometer (MWR).
The final instrument is trying to identify a mixture of lighter and darker Ganymede ice sheets, NASA said. There are only five images from the spacecraft’s star telescope. JunoCamIt is expected to flow back to Earth, however, as the moon appears and disappears from view of the spacecraft in just 25 minutes during its flyby.
“Juno carries a very sensitive set of instruments that can see Ganymede in a way that has never been seen before,” said principal investigator Scott Bolton, an aerospace scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. said in a NASA statement.. “By flying close We will bring Ganymede exploration into the 21st century.”
Ganymede will be the main target of the JUICE mission, which will also explore Callisto and Europa. Only three other spacecraft have seen Ganymede. The largest moon in the solar system at close range NASA Twins Voyager spacecraft Fly by the moon in 1979 and Galileo closely passed Ganymede in 2000. The moon is larger than an asteroid. mercury And it’s the only moon with a magnetic field.
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