NASA’s Juno Spacecraft “Hears” Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede


One of the highlights mission scientists shared in a briefing at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting consists of an audio track collected during Jupiter mission’s Ganymede flyby which delivers a surprisingly dramatic ride.

During yesterday’s briefing on NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans, scientists examined sounds from a Ganymede flyby, magnetic fields, and unique comparisons between Jupiter and Earth’s oceans and atmospheres.

Captured by Juno’s Waves instrument – measuring electric and radio waves in a planet’s magnetosphere – the audio record offers some downright phenomenal sounds.

According to Juno Principal Investigator Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, “this soundtrack is just wild enough to make you feel as if you were riding along as Juno sails past Ganymede for the first time in more than two decades. If you listen closely, you can hear the abrupt change to higher frequencies around the midpoint of the recording, which represents entry into a different region in Ganymede’s magnetosphere.”

‘This image of the Jovian moon Ganymede was obtained by the JunoCam imager aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft during its June 7, 2021, flyby of the icy moon’

The Waves recording was collected in June 2021 during the Juno flyby, which also revealed new looks of Jupiter. The photo, caught by Juno’s “visible-light imager,” shows an up-close look at two of Jupiter’s steaming storm systems.

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NASA’s Juno Spacecraft “Hears” Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede

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