PIA01517: Ganymede's Equatorial Region
Target Name: Ganymede
Is a satellite of: Jupiter
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
Instrument: VG ISS - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 860 x 901 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Producer ID: P21263
Addition Date: 1999-03-13
Primary Data Set: Voyager EDRs
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GANYMEDE COLOR PHOTOS: This color picture as acquired by Voyager 1 during its approach to Ganymede on Monday afternoon (the 5th of March). At ranges between about 230 to 250 thousand km. The images show detail on the surface with a resolution of four and a half km. This picture is south of PIA01516 (P21262) near the equator of Ganymede, and has relatively subdued colors in the visible part of the spectrum (later, scientists will analyze Voyager pictures taken in UV). The most striking features are the bright ray craters which have a distinctly "bluer" color appearing white against the redder background. Ganymede's surface is known to contain large amounts of surface ice and it appears that these relatively young craters have spread bright fresh ice materials over the surface. Likewise, the lighter color and reflectivity of the grooved areas suggest that here, too, there is cleaner ice. We see ray craters with all sizes of ray patterns, ranging from extensive systems, down to craters which have only faint remnants of bright ejecta patterns. This variation suggests that, as on the Moon, there are processes which act to darken ray material, probably "gardening" by micrometeoroid impact. JPL manages and controls the Voyager project for NASA's Office of Space Science.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
1999-03-13