OSIRIS-REx Captures a Picture of Jupiter from L4
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx may be designed to study asteroids close up but recently it’s captured a view of something farther away and much, much larger: the giant planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons at a distance of over 400 million miles!
The image was taken on Feb. 12, 2017, when the spacecraft was 76 million miles (122 million km) away from Earth—near the Earth-Sun L4 point—and 418 million miles (673 million km) from Jupiter. It’s a combination of two images taken with the PolyCam instrument, OSIRIS-REx’s longest range camera, which will capture images of the asteroid Bennu from a distance of over a million miles.
Read the full article here: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Takes Closer Image of Jupiter
Posted on February 20, 2017, in Asteroids, Comets and Asteroids and tagged asteroid, Jupiter, moons, NASA, OSIRIS-REx, picture, PolyCam, science, solar system, space. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.