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Beyond the Edge of Jupiter: Europa Rising

10 Mar 2015, 05:23 UTC
Beyond the Edge of Jupiter: Europa Rising NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
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One of the most beautiful images of Jupiter and its ice-covered moon Europa was actually taken by the New Horizons spacecraft destined for Pluto! The view above was captured by New Horizon’s LORRI imager from a distance of 1.4 million miles from Jupiter on Feb. 28, 2007 just after it made its closest pass of […]

Europa seen beyond the limb of Jupiter by New Horizons on Feb. 28, 2007 (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)
One of the most beautiful images of Jupiter and its ice-covered moon Europa was actually taken by the New Horizons spacecraft destined for Pluto! The view above was captured by New Horizon’s LORRI imager from a distance of 1.4 million miles from Jupiter on Feb. 28, 2007 just after it made its closest pass of the giant planet.
At 1,940 miles across Europa is just a little smaller than our Moon and it orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 417,000 miles, or a bit less than twice the distance between the Moon and us. (But it’s quick – Europa travels once around Jupiter every 3.55 days!)
New Horizons used the 2007 Jupiter flyby to get a gravitational “turbo boost” to ...

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