NASA’s Juno spacecraft took high-resolution photos of Europa for 20 years
The NASA’s Juno spacecraft has taken a series of detailed images of Europa for the last 20 years. In these images, it is clear that some type of jets are venting material from Europa’s surface.
The most recent image was taken in April and scientists are now looking to determine the origin of these jets and what kind of materials they are shooting into space.
The early speculation is that this material is water vapor but scientists will need to conduct more research before confirming this theory.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been taking close-up images of Europa for twenty years.
The NASA’s Juno spacecraft took images of the icy Jovian moon Europa for 20 years in a row and found that its crust is mainly composed of a layer of dark material, with bright spots interspersed throughout the surface.
The spacecraft took images of the icy Jovian moon Europa for 20 years in a row and found that its crust is mainly composed of a layer of dark material, with bright spots interspersed throughout the surface.
The black color may indicate oxidized iron from an earlier reaction that made all of the water escape from Europa or it could be ice reacting with air or water vapor to form clay. The bright spots may be composed of sodium chloride deposits.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has taken near images of Europa for twenty years
The Juno spacecraft is currently orbiting Jupiter to collect data and images of Europa as part of its 20-year mission to find out if the icy moon could harbor life.
The spacecraft will study Europa with an array of instruments including cameras and other sensors to determine what’s beneath the surface and why its frozen shell is cracked in places.
NASA has not yet determined how long the spacecraft will remain in orbit around Jupiter, but it plans to contact the European Space Agency for assistance once it’s necessary to make a course correction to avoid flying too close to the planet’s cloud tops.