NASA’s Juno Spacecraft to Fly by Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede Written 7 June 2021


NASA's Juno spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter | NASA

SPACE reports that on Monday at 1:35 p.m. EDT, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will come within 645 miles of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. Ganymede is the largest moon in the solar system, and “the only moon to sport a magnetic field, a bubble of charged particles dubbed a magnetosphere.” No probe “has gotten a good view of Jupiter’s largest moon since 2000, when NASA’s Galileo spacecraft swung past” the moon. The moon “will be a main target of the European Space Agency’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission, known as JUICE, which is due to launch next year and arrive in the Jupiter system in 2029.” During the flyby, “several of the spacecraft’s instruments will observe Ganymede, including three different cameras, radio instruments, the Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS), the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instruments and the Microwave Radiometer (MWR).”
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