Jaw-Dropping “Starship Captain” Fly-by Of Jupiter & Its Ice-Encrusted Moon

This is a jaw-dropping “starship captain” point of view of Jupiter & its ice-encrusted moon Ganymede. On June 7, 2021, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew closer to the moon than any spacecraft in more than two decades. Less than a day later, Juno made its 34th flyby of Jupiter, racing over its roiling atmosphere from pole to pole in less than three hours. Using the spacecraft’s Junocam imager, the mission team has put together this animation to provide a POV of each flyby. “the animation shows just how beautiful deep space exploration can be,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator for Juno from the southwest research institute in San Antonio. “the animation is a way for people to imagine exploring our solar system firsthand by seeing what it would be like to be orbiting Jupiter and flying past one of its icy moons."