FP trendsJuly 19, 2021 14:27:22 IST
NASA has released a video of its space probe Juno flying across Jupiter and its largest moon, Ganymede. The video is fascinating as it is from a spacecraft perspective. This video was taken on June 7, 2021, when Juno flew past the icy giant and its moon Ganymede closer than any other spacecraft in more than two decades.
The 3:30 minute video begins with Juno approaching Ganymede. The spacecraft flew within a radius of 1,038 kilometers from the lunar surface at a relative speed of 67,000 km / h.
The spacecraft then flew in just under 15 hours to reach Jupiter, about 1.18 million miles away. There, the viewer is just 3,400 miles above the magnificent clouds of Jupiter
Scott Bolton, a Juno researcher at the Southwest Research Institute in San Veston, commented on the video.
He also said that this animated video is a way for people to explore “our solar system first-hand by seeing what it would be like to orbit Jupiter and fly past one of its icy moons.”
As the space probe flies past the surface, we can see it capturing the surface of Jupiter’s lunar crater. According to a Space.com report, Tros appears in the footage. Several dark and light areas of the moon can be seen NASA. Darker areas are believed to result from ice sublimating into the surrounding vacuum, leaving darkened residues.
Tros is the largest and brightest crater in Ganymede, surrounded by white rays.
When Juno took pictures of the surface of Ganymede, the probe took pictures of the surface of Jupiter. The flash also appeared in the video as flashes of white light. The white ovals on its surface indicate a series of giant storms. They are called the ‘pearl necklace’ and can be seen in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter.
Video published by NASA has been compiled by ethnographer Gerald Eichstädt. Juno’s team used images captured by a JunoCam imager to prepare this video.
The team and Eichstädt used images clicked by Juno on their 34th flight to Ganymede and Jupiter last week. Eichstädt has created an interval video that allows the user to witness how Juno moves while taking pictures of Jupiter and Ganymede.
Although Eichstädt’s video lasts only three and a half minutes, Juno spent a total of about 18 hours between the planet and the poles of the moon and planet.