Get To Know Your Neighbors
9 August 2011
The Voyagers are going where no spacecraft and certainly no man has gone before. Galileo went all the way to Jupiter (with many encounters along the way). And Cassini continues to send back data. What do these three missions have in common? Moons.
It was the four Galilean moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto that helped to alter the world's view of our place in the solar system -- of course not without much debate and controversy. Since then we have become acquainted with quite a few moons through the missions that have gone the distance and imaged these curious and varied objects.
Moons do come in a variety of intriguing shapes and sizes which cause us to wonder and marvel at our solar system. Many are round, or ball-like, but many more are not. Take a tour of the images below and get to know some of the various types of moons in your "neighborhood." (12 images total)