PIA05077: Lumps Within Ganymede
Target Name: Ganymede
Is a satellite of: Jupiter
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
Instrument: Solid-State Imaging
Product Size: 720 x 540 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Primary Data Set: Galileo EDRs
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Scientists have discovered irregular lumps beneath the icy surface of Jupiterís largest moon, Ganymede. These irregular masses may be rock formations, supported by Ganymedeís icy shell for billions of years.

This mosaic of Jupiterís moon Ganymede consists of more than 100 images acquired with NASAís Voyager and Galileo spacecrafts. The gravity anomalies or lumps inferred from the Galileo radio Doppler data are shown in red. The mosaic shows the surface of Ganymede with its geographic coordinate system and the Galileo gravity results superimposed.

The trajectory path of Galileoís second Ganymede flyby on September 6, 1996, is shown in green. There are no obvious geologic features associated with the anomalies. For images and information about the Galileo mission, visit JPL's Galileo Solar System Exploration.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
2004-08-13