Yoonna has received the closest images of Europe's satellite in 20 years

Yoonna has received the closest images of Europe's satellite in 20 years

On September 29, the "Unona" probe orbiting Jupiter made a close flight over Europe's satellite, the closest flight to Europe's surface over the past 20 years, a distance of 350 km from the ice surface of the satellite, slightly lower than the height at which the International Space Station rotates over the Earth.

This is a flight over Europe by the "Unon" probe.

The first photo taken by the JunoCam camera in Europe

This photograph, taken at a height of 352 km, already shows us in detail the surface of Europe as it has never been seen before, a Europe satellite, the sixth largest in the solar system, completely iced, and it is believed that under this first layer there is an entire ocean of liquid salt water, which makes it one of the main objects to find the traces of life.

The photograph shows different geological patterns in the foreground, especially on the left, near the end point, and the latter is an area where there is a transition from night to day, creating a game of shadows that highlights the craters, pits and canyons of Europe, and the area that is captured in this picture is called the Annwn Regio and is located in the northern hemisphere, just above Europe's equator.

The U.N. flight and the data obtained by the probe will be crucial for the next mission

Year of the Union and upcoming progress

The Yoonon Zone flew over Europe at a speed of 23.6 kilometres per second, but it did take some useful photographs and data. Some of these photographs, with a resolution of 1 kilometre per pixel, will become the most permitted one ever received. They will be supplemented by MWR measurements.

This overflight over Europe has also slightly changed Yoonna's orbit, which now makes a total turnover around Jupiter in 38 days instead of 43, which, of course, was planned, and is part of a fully planned journey, in which the probe will also fly over Io's satellite, the most volcanic body in the solar system, in 2023 and 2024.