NASA’s Juno passes Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede, clicks its first pic

NASA's Juno passes Jupiter's largest moon Ganymede, clicks its first pic

The Juno spacecraft of NASA just passed Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede on June 7. It also snapped the celestial body while it was half lit due to sunlight.

Juno clicked Ganymede from a distance of 1,038 kilometers. This is the closest by any spacecraft till date.

In the two pictures, Ganymede’s crater appears just like earth’s moon in different shade. NASA explains that the current sunlit picture was captured using JunoCam with a green filter.

So once Juno sends pictures back to home earth, NASA experts will be able to piece together a color portrait of the water-ice-encrusted moon.

The pictures have a resolution of approximately one kilometer per pixel. Ganymede was discovered by renowned astronomer Galileo Galilei in 1610. It was spotted with three next-biggest moons.

Moreover, it remains the largest moon till date in our solar system. NASA’s solar-powered Juno spacecraft was launched a decade ago and has been orbiting Jupiter for five years now.

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