PIA00500: NIMS Ganymede Surface Map
Target Name: Ganymede
Is a satellite of: Jupiter
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
Instrument: Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
Product Size: 1950 x 1500 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Producer ID: P47903
MRPS76303
Addition Date: 1998-03-26
Other Information: Science Magazine Article
Primary Data Set: Galileo EDRs
Full-Res TIFF: PIA00500.tif (1.156 MB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA00500.jpg (170.1 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

Galileo has eyes that can see more than ours can. By looking at what we call the infrared wavelengths, the NIMS (Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) instrument can determine what type and size of material is on the surface of a moon. Here, 3 images of Ganymede are shown.

Left: Voyager's camera.

Middle: NIMS, showing water ice on the surface. Dark is less water, bright is more.

Right: NIMS, showing the locations of minerals in red, and the size of ice grains in shades of blue.

This image and other images and data received from Galileo are posted on the World Wide Web, on the Galileo mission home page at http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
1998-03-26