NASA’s Juno captures breathtaking images of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede


NASA’s Juno mission has taken amazing pictures of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede.

Junos Ganymede Flyby has released a 50-second animation that provides an auditory as well as a visual insight into the data collected by the mission.

According to Scott Bolton, Juno’s principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, “This soundtrack is just wild enough to make you feel as if you were driving while Juno sailed past Ganymede for the first time in more than two decades.”

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“If you listen carefully, you can hear the abrupt change to higher frequencies around the midpoint of the recording, which represents the entry into another region of Ganymede’s magnetosphere.”

“It is possible that the change in frequency shortly after the nearest approach is due to the transition from the night side to the day side of Ganymede,” said William Kurth, lead co-researcher at the Waves Instrument, based at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, in a declaration.

NASA’s Galileo spacecraft flew past Ganymede in the 1990s, confirming the presence of an inland ocean, and also found evidence of salt water perhaps from the salt known as magnesium sulfate.

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Ganymede, with a diameter of about 3,300 miles (5,300 km), is the largest moon in the solar system and is larger than the planet Mercury.

Ganymede boasts plenty of water, perhaps 25 times the volume of Earth’s oceans. Its oceans are estimated to be about 500 miles (800 km) deep.

Ganymede is one of five moons in the solar system that are thought to have oceans hidden beneath icy surfaces. Two other moons, Europa and Callisto, orbit the large gas planet Jupiter. The moons Titan and Enceladus orbit the ringed gas planet Saturn.

(With input from agencies)

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