Data collected by NASA Juno The spacecraft is revealing amazing new images of Jupiter and its moon Ganymede.
In one blog post On Monday (February 14), members of the Juno mission team shared an image of a massive crater on Ganymede as well as a backlit photo of Jupiter taken by the spacecraft during its mission. plunge into and out of Jupiter’s radiation-filled environment.
“If you can accompany NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it approaches Jupiter during one of the giant planet’s frequent passes, you’ll be treated to an impressive space similar to the planet’s. this,” the website states about images of Jupiter.
In the photo: NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter
The image of Ganymede (above) was taken during a trip in June 2021 when Juno flew just 650 miles (1,046 km) above Ganymede’s surface. Citizen scientist Thomas Thomopoulos created this enhanced color image using data from the JunoCam camera.
The image shows the large crater Kittu, which is about 9 miles (15 km) across and has dark matter around it ejected when a small asteroid hits the surface.
“Most of Ganymede’s craters have flares extending from impact scars, but about one percent of craters have dark rays,” the blog post said.
“Scientists believe pollution from the impact created the dark rays,” the post added. “As time goes on, the rays remain dark because they are slightly warmer than their surroundings, so the ice is pushed out to condense on the cooler and brighter terrain nearby.”
Gill created this backlit image of Jupiter (above) using raw data from the JunoCam instrument, including seven images taken by Juno’s 39th near Jupiter on January 12 .
NASA notes that seeing this Jupiter is not possible from Earth, even in telescopes, since Jupiter’s orbit is always outside the Earth and is therefore only visible (from our planet). ta) when there is sufficient light from the sun.
https://www.space.com/nasa-juno-stunning-images-jupiter-ganymede NASA probe captures stunning images of crescent Jupiter and its moon Ganymede