PIA01076: Family Portrait of the Small Inner Satellites of Jupiter


Family Portrait of the Small Inner Satellites of Jupiter

Caption:

These images, taken by Galileo's solid state imaging system between November 1996 and June 1997, provide the first ever "family portrait" of the four small, irregularly shaped moons that orbit Jupiter in the zone between the planet's ring and the larger Galilean satellites. The moons are shown in their correct relative sizes, with north approximately up in all cases. From left to right, arranged in order of increasing distance from Jupiter, are Metis (longest dimension is approximately 60 kilometers or 37 miles across), Adrastea (20 kilometers or 12 miles across), Amalthea (247 kilometers or 154 miles across), and Thebe (116 kilometers or 72 miles across). While Amalthea, the largest of these four tiny moons, was imaged by NASA's two Voyager spacecraft in 1979 with a resolution comparable to what is shown here, the new Galileo observations represent the first time that Metis, Adrastea, and Thebe have been seen as more than points of light.

Background Info:

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA manages the Galileo mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC. JPL is an operating division of California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

This image and other images and data received from Galileo are posted on the World Wide Web, on the Galileo mission home page at URL http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ galileo.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Amalthea Adrastea, Jupiter, Metis, Thebe
System Jupiter
Target Type Satellite Planet
Mission Galileo Voyager
Instrument Host Galileo Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter Flyby Spacecraft, Probe
Instrument Solid-State Imaging (SSI)
Detector
Extra Keywords Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1998-03-26
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Cornell University
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01076
Identifier PIA01076