Several days ago, NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day was the impressive “Io: Moon Over Jupiter.” At left is a portion of photo, which was taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Jupiter’s moon Io [EYE-oh] was discovered by Galileo in 1610. He named it for Io the mythological character — a nymph who was seduced by Zeus, then turned into a cow. The name Io doesn’t have a known meaning, and it’s rare in the U.
Sixteen years ago, NASA’s spacecraft named “Galileo” had probably a death plunge through the cloud tops of the mysterious gas giant, Jupiter. However, it flashed or radioed back tantalizing data whatever it could gather. NASA now is... Read Post
NASA recently featured a beautiful photo of Saturn taken by the Cassini Spacecraft as their Astronomy Picture of the Day. In the shadow of Saturn, unexpected wonders appear. The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn drifted... Read Post
These color maps of Jupiter were constructed from images taken by the narrow-angle camera onboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 11 and 12, 2000, as the spacecraft neared Jupiter during its flyby of the giant planet. Cassini was ... Read Post