NASA released a beautiful video showing a flyby of Jupiter to a Vangelis soundtrack.
The footage uses images captured by NASA’s Juno satellite last month. The beautiful sequence begins with a flyby of ice-encrusted Ganymede – one of Jupiter’s many moons and the largest in our solar system – before heading to Jupiter.
Ganymede’s images were captured during Juno’s closest lunar flyby in more than two decades. Less than a day later, the spacecraft made its 34th flyby of Jupiter since arriving on the planet in 2016, and “raced from pole to pole over its turbulent atmosphere in less than three hours,” NASA said.
The above video was actually created using images captured by the spacecraft’s JunoCam imager, which enables the creators to create what NASA calls the “spacecraft captain” view of each flyby.
The Space Agency states that to create the animation, Juno’s images were “orthographically projected onto a digital sphere, and synthetic frames were added between the actual images to make movement appear smoother and views of approach and departure for both Ganymede and” To enable Jupiter ”.
We’re sure you’ll agree, the result is absolutely stunning.
Scott Bolton, senior researcher for Juno at the Southwest Research Institute, certainly thinks so and says the video “shows how beautiful space exploration can be.”
Bolton said the animation lets space fans imagine exploring our solar system firsthand by seeing what it would be like to orbit Jupiter and fly past one of its icy moons.
He added, “Today, as we near the exciting prospect that humans will be able to visit space in orbit around the earth, it will propel our imaginations decades into the future when humans will visit the alien worlds in our solar system.”
In January, NASA extended Juno’s mission to September 2025 to give it more time to explore its surroundings approximately 630 million kilometers from Earth. The spacecraft’s next major adventure is slated for 2022 when it flies past Europe, another of Jupiter’s moon.
If you enjoyed the flyby of Ganymede and Jupiter, we recommend that you also check out this beautiful piece by space enthusiast Seán Doran, which shows a flyover of the Earth’s moon.