The United States Space Agency, NASA, shared the first image taken by the Juno probe while flying over Europeone of Jupiter’s moons.
Europe it is the sixth largest moon in the solar systemslightly smaller than Earth’s moon.
In the image you can see the surface of the satellite, reveals surface features in a region near the moon’s equatornamed Annwn Regio, was obtained during the spacecraft’s closest approach, on Thursday, September 29.
It is the third near passage of history of less than 500 kilometers of altitude and the closest look a spacecraft has given Europa since January 3, 2000, when NASA’s Galileo spacecraft it approached within 351 kilometers of the surface.
📸 Witness Europe in unprecedented detail!
Today, @NASASolarSystem‘s #JunoMission captured the highest resolution images taken of Jupiter’s moon in decades, as well as collected data on its interior, surface composition, & ionosphere. Here’s what we saw: https://t.co/h8fYr1qBcZ pic.twitter.com/eDDVyVw0nw
— NASA Astrobiology: Exploring Life in the Universe (@NASAAstrobio) September 29, 2022
“It is very early, but everything indicates that Juno’s flyby of Europe was a great success”said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “This first image is just a glimpse of the new and remarkable scientific research to be obtained from Juno’s entire suite of instruments and sensors that acquired data as we skimmed across the moon’s icy crust.”
From NASA they pointed out that during the flyby, the mission obtained what will be some of the highest resolution images of the moon and obtained valuable data on the structure of the Europa ice sheet, its interior, the composition of its surface and its ionospherein addition to the moon’s interaction with Jupiter’s magnetosphere.