NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew just 352 kilometers above Jupiter’s moon Europa, sending back extremely detailed images of the surface
September 29, 2022
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has taken the closest image yet to Jupiter’s moon Europa in more than two decades. On September 29, it flew just 352 kilometers above the icy lunar surface, the third time any spacecraft has flown within its 500-kilometer range.Image from this bold move Very detailed.
During the flyby, Juno was traveling at nearly 24 kilometers per second, so it only had two hours to collect detailed data before flying away again. During that time, it photographed and collected data on the composition of the moon’s surface, its interior, and its interaction with Jupiter’s magnetic field.picture reveal Ridges and Channels Cut through the face of Europa, as well as the small impact crater.
Candy Hansen of the Planetary Science Institute in Arizona statement. “The JunoCam imagery will populate the current geological map, replacing the existing low-resolution coverage of the area.”
The new data will help researchers prepare for the Europa Clipper mission, due to launch in 2024, to determine whether the frigid moon can host life under its icy crust.In addition to the deep ocean, Juno data should reveal whether there are shallow oceans liquid water bag inside the shell.
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