This is the first time Ganymede has been seen this close!


In the statement made by NASA, it was stated that Juno approached 1038 kilometers from the satellite on June 7, which was the closest contact since the Galileo spacecraft’s passage in May 2000.

Two photos taken by Juno during its transit reached Earth. NASA published the photos on its website.

In the photos taken by Juno’s optical camera called “Junocam” and a green filter dark vision camera called “Star Reference Unit”, the surface of the satellite can be seen clearly with all its craters and lines.

“This is the first time in this generation that a spacecraft has come this close to this giant moon. We will not rush to draw scientific conclusions. For now, we are enjoying this celestial splendor,” said Juno Principal Investigator Scott Bolton. used the phrases.

Jupiter has a total of 79 moons orbiting it. The largest is Ganymede, the 9th largest object in the Solar System. Ganymede, which is larger than Mercury, is also known as the only moon in the Solar System with its own magnetic field.

NASA’s Juno reconnaissance satellite, launched into space in 2011, has been conducting exploration activities in orbit around the planet since it arrived at Jupiter in July 2016.