The Juno probe flew over Europa, Jupiter’s main moon

The Juno probe flew over Europa, Jupiter's main moon

Surface features of Europa, Jupiter's icy satellite, are revealed in an image obtained by Juno's Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) during the probe's flyby on September 29, 2022.

The American probe Juno, in orbit around Jupiter since 2016, continues its exploration of the Jovian worlds: on September 29, the NASA machine passed 412 kilometers from the moon Europe, at a speed of 24 kilometers per second, taking advantage of of this flyby to deliver the most detailed images of the icy surface of the star, illuminated by the sunlight reflected by Jupiter. The picture, covering an area of ​​about 200 kilometers per side, reveals a series of sometimes double fracture lines. We can also guess darker areas that could be the result of eruptive material having pierced the carapace of ice several kilometers thick which floats above an ocean surrounding the sixth moon of the Solar System – it is 90% of the diameter of our Moon. NASA is planning a mission dedicated to Europa, Europa Clipper, to be launched in October 2024, for an arrival in the vicinity of Jupiter in 2030.

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