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Jupiter’s Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system, looks amazing in these 1st photos from NASA’s epic Juno flyby



This image of the huge Jupiter moon Ganymede was obtained by the JunoCam imager during the Juno spacecraft’s escape of the icy moon on June 7, 2021. (Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS)

The images from a historic flying city of our solar system’s largest moon are beginning to roll in.

On Monday (June 7), NASA’s Juno probe zoomed in at just 1,038 kilometers from Jupiter’s huge satellite Ganymede, which is larger than the planet Mercury. It was the closest a probe had come to Ganymede since May 2000, when NASA’s Galileo spacecraft arrived within about 1,000 km of the moon’s icy surface.


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