Sep 29, 2022

NASA Unveils First Image of Jupiter Moon Europa After Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration revealed on Thursday one of the closest-ever looks at an ice-covered moon orbiting Jupiter. That moon, named Europa, is widely considered the most promising place to search for life beyond Earth, according to the agency.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft buzzed by Europa, Jupiter’s fourth-largest moon, on Thursday, coming within 220 miles of its surface around 5:36 a.m. ET. It is the first time the agency has glimpsed the moon that closely since its Galileo orbiter mission flew at a similar distance in 2000.

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