The Juno probe has sent the first photo in 20 years of Ganymede – Jupiter’s icy moon

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The photo, sent by “Juno”, shows in all its details the surface of the satellite, dotted with craters and cracks.

The US space agency’s Juno probe has sent images of Ganymede to Earth, one of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons and the largest natural satellite in the entire solar system.

Ganymede was shot from a distance of 1000 km. A spacecraft has not flown so close to a satellite for over 20 years.

Now the main function of “Juno” is to explore Jupiter. Ganymede he flew by accident, but NASA is planning a separate mission to the satellite.

Oceans are hidden under the ice shell of Ganymede, scientists say.

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