Thursday, September 29, 2011
astro picture for the day
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! ).