NASA’s Juno spacecraft accomplished a flyby of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, and sure, the photographs are breathtaking. On June 7, Juno received a superb take a look at the big moon — an icy world larger than Mercury. The new photos (together with the one pictured) present Ganymede’s floor options and craters in beautiful element. Information 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. Picture credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS.
The European Area Company goes to Venus. The EnVision orbiter, launching within the early 2030s, will conduct a holistic examine of Venus from its interior core to its higher environment. The mission will intention to grasp how and why Venus and Earth advanced so otherwise.
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 power. 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, however it appears to have labored.
Jeff Bezos goes to area. The Amazon CEO announced on Instagram that he and his brother, Mark, might be on board the primary crewed flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard. It’s unclear who the opposite passengers might be, however bidding for one of many seats is already within the hundreds of thousands. Passengers are anticipated to blast off into suborbital area on July 20.
Mark your calendars: Worldwide Area Station astronauts will conduct two spacewalks this month — one on June 16 and the opposite on June 20. Throughout 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.