Thursday, September 29, 2011

astro picture for the day

NASA Galileo spacecraft image of Ganymede.

Ganymede isn't as famous as Europa and Io, the other "Galilean" moons of Jupiter; but, this image shows it in fine form!

The Galileo spacecraft unfortunatelly had a main radio antenna fault on the way to Jupiter and it's scientific production was drastically reduced.  This image amongst others shows what could have been! 

Related, there was a Juno spacecraft sent to Jupiter just recently(like maybe a month ago), to make up a little bit for that lost spacecraft(one of most beautifull space probes ever by the way!  Most are quite spartan in appearance!  ).

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