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NASA’s Juno Spacecraft sends back it’s first Images of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – The first two images from NASA’s Juno Spacecraft’s June 7th, 2021, flyby of Jupiter’s giant moon Ganymede have been received on Earth.

The photos – one from the Jupiter orbiter’s JunoCam imager and the other from its Stellar Reference Unit star camera – show the surface in remarkable detail, including craters, clearly distinct dark and bright terrain, and long structural features possibly linked to tectonic faults.

“This is the closest any spacecraft has come to this mammoth moon in a generation,” said Juno Principal Investigator Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

This image of Ganymede was obtained by the JunoCam imager during Juno’s June 7th, 2021, flyby of the icy moon. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS)

This image of Ganymede was obtained by the JunoCam imager during Juno’s June 7th, 2021, flyby of the icy moon. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS)

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