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NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Gets a Close Look at Ganymede - Jupiter’s Largest Moon

Posted by Guy Pirro 07/16/2021 04:10AM

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Gets a Close Look at Ganymede - Jupiter’s Largest Moon

Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon, is bigger than the planet Mercury and is the only moon in the solar system with its own magnetosphere – a bubble-shaped region of charged particles surrounding the celestial body. On Monday, June 7th, NASA’s Juno spacecraft came within 645 miles (1038 kilometers) of the surface of Ganymede. The flyby was the closest a spacecraft has come to the solar system’s largest natural satellite since NASA’s Galileo spacecraft made its close approach back on May 20, 2000. Along with striking imagery, the solar-powered spacecraft’s flyby yielded insights into the moon’s composition, ionosphere, magnetosphere, and ice shell.


Comments:

Excellent article the Juno's journey

Terry:

Glad you enjoyed the new posting on the Juno spacecraft.

At Astromart News, we have been reporting on this important mission since 2008 -- That's three years before it was launched.

Thanks,

Guy