on monday NASA’s Juno space probe Jupiter, which has orbited Jupiter since 2016, will have a close look at Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede. It will be the closest moon NASA has reached to the largest moon in the solar system in more than 20 years – Galileo cruised by Ganymede in 2000 – within 645 miles of its surface, data at Juno Collected will provide insights into the composition of the moon and the ice crust. as well as providing information for future missions to Jupiter.
“Juno carries a very sensitive set of tools that can see Ganymede in ways that have never been possible before,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “By flying close We will bring Ganymede exploration into the 21st century and complement our future missions with our unique sensors. and help prepare for the next generation of missions in the Jovian system.”
Those missions include NASA’s Europa Clipper (launch date is still TBD) and the European Space Agency’s JUpiter ICy moons Explorer. [JUICE] The mission, which is scheduled to launch next year and arrive at Jupiter in 2029 (and kudos to ESA for going one step further with that acronym).
Ganymede is larger than Mercury and is the only moon in the solar system to have its own magnetic field, which NASA describes as “a magnetic field”. “A region of bubble-shaped charged particles” that surrounds it, JunoCam, which imaged many of Jupiter’s most prominent images during its mission. Only five images can be taken during the flight over. As Ganymede appears and fades from all view within a 25-minute window, three hours before Juno reaches the closest point near Ganymede. Juno’s science instruments will begin collecting data.
Matt Johnson, Juno mission manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said: “Every second counts. Less than 24 hours later, Juno will pass Jupiter’s 33rd science. he added
Juno is expected to be closest to Ganymede around 1:35 p.m. ET on Monday. You can track where Juno is now with NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System.