New Views of Jupiter's Tiny Moons are Online
19 Apr 2000
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
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A trio of newly released images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft of three of Jupiter's small moons are available online at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/jovianmoons.
The images include observations of Thebe, Amalthea and Metis. The three small moons have very irregular shapes, indicating they've been bombarded by comets and asteroids. When these tiny moons are hit, dust is kicked off their surface, which ultimately contributes to the formation of the rings around Jupiter.
Galileo has been orbiting Jupiter and its moons since December 1995. Its primary mission ended in December 1997, and after that Galileo successfully completed a two-year extended mission. The spacecraft is in the midst of yet another extended journey, called the Galileo Millennium Mission.
A full press release on the new moon images is available at:
More information about the Galileo mission is available at:
JPL manages Galileo for NASA' s Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.