NASA’s Jupiter Photos & Mission Update: Juno Spacecraft Live Tracking, First Ganymede Moon Photos
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has taken some of the best photos in space. On June 7, it flew over Jupiter’s largest moon and took a spectacular close-up photo of Ganymede, showing the surface and craters of the gigantic moon.
Juno still has a lot to offer! You can also follow Juno’s flight path and image gallery live with some online trackers.
The Juno spacecraft was officially launched from the surface of the Earth in August 2011. Since then, it has produced many amazing photographs and discoveries in space.
Juno’s main mission is to explore Jupiter’s atmosphere. He observes the composition of water, temperature, cloud movements and other similar properties of the sky of Jupiter. Recent research also leads Juno to study Jupiter’s magnetosphere, near the planet’s poles, and how the auroras were created.
Juno reports a lot of scientific data. Some of them, however, are incredibly beautiful scenes that might blow your mind.
First photos of Ganymede Moon
A recent report from NASA said this spacecraft flew close to Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede. It’s the closest a spacecraft has ever traveled in more than two decades.
The report came with a detailed photograph of the moon. Although the image is in black and white, you can clearly see the craters, distinct dark and light sections of terrain, as well as long structural features that could be linked to the tectonic faults on the planet.
Scientists would have a lot of material to analyze this gigantic moon. They plan to get more data with the spacecraft’s JunoCam, which uses a visible light imager. Images taken from the spacecraft could be enhanced up to an image resolution of around 1 kilometer per pixel!
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Juno spacecraft live tracking
It’s not too late to have fun watching Juno’s fantastic space activity!
NASA regularly publishes updates and activities of the spacecraft through its official Twitter account.
Nine years in space. 28 orbits of Jupiter. Rewritten textbooks. And I just started.
This account can be combined with @NASASolarSystem – join me there for continued updates on my mission to Jupiter, as well as other expeditions to the worlds of our solar system. pic.twitter.com/6jlvowcOcd
– NASA Juno Mission (@NASAJuno) Aug 15, 2020
An online simulation tool also broadcasts feeds for Juno’s space activities. You can use this website to watch the time, pan off the space map, or zoom in on Juno’s spaceship. The right column of the toolbar will help you manipulate the website, so you can stream it in HD or see the spaceship in a “brighter” frame. You can also pause the live broadcast at any time.
In the upper right corner of the site, you can speed up the flow by entering your preferred speed (per second). At the bottom of the screen, you can scroll through previous craft activities.
By default, the link redirects you to Focus on the spacecraft “Juno” and its track relative to the planet “Jupiter”. However, this online tool could also monitor different things like IO, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto moons. You can also zoom in on the planet Jupiter itself!
Juno is no doubt planning to do more exciting research for the planet Jupiter. Keep an eye on their news feed for more updates on official NASA plans.
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