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“Juno” flying over the Ganymede and Jupiter

What would you feel flying over the largest moon in the solar system? In June, the Juno automated spacecraft flew closer to Jupiter’s ice-encrusted moon Ganymede than any spacecraft in more than two decades. Less than a day later, Juno made its 34th flyby of Jupiter. For both worlds, JunoCam images were orthographically projected onto a digital sphere and used to create the flyby animation. Synthetic frames were added to provide views of approach and departure for both Ganymede and Jupiter.. At the beginning, Juno flies over the two-colored surface of a moon 2,000 kilometers in diameter, showing the icy landscape of this world with its furrows and craters. The furrows were probably formed as a result of landslides, and the craters arose after powerful impacts. It is planned that in September next year, “Juno” will fly near another large moon of Jupiter: Europe.

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