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NIMS Ganymede Surface Map

Galileo has eyes that can see more than ours can. By looking at what we call the infrared wavelengths, the NIMS (Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) instrument can determine what type and size of material is on the surface of a moon. Here, 3 images of Ganymede are shown.

Left: Voyager's camera.

Middle: NIMS, showing water ice on the surface. Dark is less water, bright is more.

Right: NIMS, showing the locations of minerals in red, and the size of ice grains in shades of blue.

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

Image details

ID#:
PIA00500

Date added:
1998-03-26

Target:
Ganymede

Mission:
Galileo

Spacecraft:
Galileo Orbiter

Instruments:
Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA00500.tif (1.16 MB)

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PIA00500.jpg (0.17 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL