June 10, 2021

NASA has released new photographs of Jupiter’s biggest moon

NASA’s recent release of fresh photographs of Jupiter’s biggest moon has given the globe a closer look at another planet.

Juno, the space agency’s unmanned mission, captured images of Ganymede. And there will be more in the days ahead.

Juno’s flyby of Ganymede is producing the clearest photographs of the moon in almost two decades.

Ganymede, like Earth’s moon, seems to have dark spots on its lighter, overall drab tint.

Long lines, or ridges, crisscross the frozen orb, nearly seeming like rows of farm fields from above. It seems less pock-marked by craters than the Earth’s moon, with long lines, or ridges, that crisscross the frozen orb, nearly seeming like rows of agricultural fields from above.

The ridges may be connected to tectonic faults, according to NASA.

Ganymede is the solar system’s biggest moon, with a diameter of 2,635 kilometers (1,637 miles) with a diameter slightly smaller than Earth. NASA is particularly interested in it because it is coated with water and ice.

Juno was able to capture photographs of the sun using two cameras, one facing the moon and the other facing the dark side.

“It will be exciting to see what the two teams can put together,” Heidi Becker, who helps head the team that operates the solar-powered Juno, said when the photographs are merged and ultimately blended with technology that will produce color shots.

“We’re going to take our time before we make any scientific conclusions,” Scott Bolton, Juno’s senior scientist, said of the very detailed photographs of Ganymede currently being given. “But in the meanwhile, we can just marvel at this cosmic masterpiece.”

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