Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, its closest in 22 years

Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, its closest in 22 years

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Revealing a picture of “Europa”Xinhua Reported that the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published photos of “Europa” The moon shrouded in ice Jupiter recorded by “Spaceship Juno” (Juno) for the first time

The photo was taken during the solar-powered Juno spacecraft closest to Europa. On Thursday, September 29, with a distance of about 352 kilometers

Image taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during a flyby on Sept. 29, 2022 shows the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. The image was captured during the solar-powered spacecraft’s closest approach on Thursday at a distance of about 352 kilometers. (Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SWRI/MSSS)

It is the third approach to the moon Europa at a distance of less than 500 km in history, according to NASA. It is the closest photograph of the moon Europa ever recorded by a spacecraft since Jan. 3, 2000, when NASA’s Galileo spacecraft approached Europa’s surface at a distance of 351 km.

Europa is the sixth largest moon in the solar system, slightly smaller than Earth’s moon. Scientists think there is a saltwater ocean beneath miles of ice crust. This could be a condition that favors the existence of life beneath the surface.

Image taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during a flyby on Sept. 29, 2022 shows the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Europa is the sixth-largest moon in the solar system, slightly smaller than Earth’s moon. Scientists think a salty ocean lies below a miles-thick ice shell, sparking questions about potential conditions capable of supporting life underneath Europa’s surface. (Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Thomas Thomopoulos)

This is only the third close pass in history below 500 kilometers altitude and the closest look any spacecraft has provided at Europa since Jan. 3, 2000, when NASA’s Galileo came within 351 kilometers of the surface, according to the agency. (Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SWRI/MSSS)

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