Image of Ganymede from Voyager 1
Photojournal: PIA02278
Source: NASA/JPL
Published: May 25, 2020
Historical Date: March 5, 1979

This picture of Ganymede, Jupiter's largest satellite, was taken by Voyager 1 on the afternoon of March 5, 1979, from a range of 151,800 miles (243,000 kilometers).

The surface shows numerous impact craters, many of which have extensive bright ray systems. Light bands traversing the surface contain alternating bright and dark lines which probably represent deformation of the icy central material.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) manages the Voyager Project for NASA's Office of Space Science.


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