NASA’s Juno spacecraft accomplished a flyby of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, and sure, the images are breathtaking. On June 7, Juno obtained an excellent take a look at the large moon — an icy world larger than Mercury. The new pictures (together with the one pictured) present Ganymede’s floor options and craters in gorgeous element. Data from the flyby will assist scientists be taught extra about Ganymede’s ionosphere and magnetosphere, in addition to inform future missions to the Jupiter system. Image credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS.
The European Space Agency goes to Venus. The EnVision orbiter, launching within the early 2030s, will conduct a holistic research of Venus from its internal core to its higher ambiance. The mission will purpose to grasp how and why Venus and Earth developed so in a different way.
NASA’s InSight lander cleaned mud off itself — with sand. InSight had been scuffling with mud buildup on its photo voltaic panels, which it depends on for vitality. The Mars lander used its robotic arm to spill sand close to the panels; from there, Martian wind picked up the sand grains, inflicting them to hit the mud and knock it off. Sounds counterintuitive, but it surely appears to have labored.
Jeff Bezos goes to house. The Amazon CEO introduced on Instagram that he and his brother, Mark, shall be on board the primary crewed flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard. It’s unclear who the opposite passengers shall be, however bidding for one of many seats is already within the hundreds of thousands. Passengers are anticipated to blast off into suborbital house on July 20.
Mark your calendars: International Space Station astronauts will conduct two spacewalks this month — one on June 16 and the opposite on June 20. During each spacewalks, NASA flight engineer Shane Kimbrough and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will set up photo voltaic panels. The spacewalks are anticipated to final about 6.5 hours every.