The Juno spacecraft of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will have back-to-back flies and will be closely aware of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. According to SPACE.com, Galimo has not had a better view of Ganymede since the spacecraft flew in 2000. Ganymede is the only moon with a magnetic field larger than Mercury. Juno is about 1038 km (645 miles) from the largest moon in the Solar System.
Left to right: Mosaic and geographical maps of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede have been added, including the best imagery available from NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft and from NASA ‘s Galileo spacecraft. Attribution: USGS Center for Astronomy / Wheaton / NASA / JPL-Caltech
As reported by a blog by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Juno will establish close contact with Ganymede on June 7 at 11:05 pm IST (1:35 pm EDT).
It also states that with the help of the Juno spacecraft, researchers will be able to obtain information about Jupiter’s lunar ionosphere, ice shell, structure, and magnetosphere.
Scott Bolton, principal investigator at Juno at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, said Juno will have special equipment that will allow researchers to see Ganymede in a way that has never been possible before. By flying very close to Jupiter’s satellites, Bolton said, they could help the next generation of missions, including the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Jupiter IC Moons Explorer. [जूइस] Europe Clipper, NASA.
The navigation camera at Juno’s Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) will not only help the spacecraft follow its path, but will also be used to collect images to explore the high-energy radioactive atmosphere at Ganymede.
Three hours before the Juno spacecraft makes its closest approach, its instruments begin collecting data.
Ultraviolet spectrograph (UVS), microwave radiometer (MWR), and Jovian Infrared aerial mapper (Giram) are used to obtain details about the water-ice crust. A radio secret experiment will be conducted with the help of signals received from Juno’s X-band and Ka-band radio wavelengths. This experiment will examine the ionosphere of Ganymede.
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