Galileo's First Image of Amalthea
September 26, 2003
Galileo's first view of Amalthea, a small inner moon of Jupiter, showing the end of the elongated satellite that faces permanently toward the giant planet. North is to the top of the picture and the Sun illuminates the surface from the left. The circular feature that dominates the upper-right portion of the disk is Pan, the largest crater on Amalthea. This crater is about 90 kilometers wide. The bright spot at the south pole is associated with another, slightly smaller crater named Gaea. The Universal Time is 8 hours, 18 minutes, 0 seconds on the 7th of September, 1996.
Topics: Astronomy, Planetary science, Moons of Jupiter, elongated satellite, 113 Amalthea, Exploration of Jupiter, Pan, Gaea, Amalthea, Inner moon, Galileo, Solar System, Jupiter