Space-related news seems to be at the forefront lately, with us getting news about it every week now it seems. This week is no different, as one of NASA’s spacecraft captured crazy audio from one of Jupiter’s moons that sounds like it’s straight out of a sci-fi movie.
NASA’s Juno mission yielded new fruit in the form of audio from one of Jupiter’s moons, Ganymede. The organization discussed that and several other subjects yesterday, releasing a statement about their findings. Juno Principal Investigator Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio debuted the 50-second track. We actually can’t hear the sound naturally since Juno’s Waves instrument tunes and records the electric and magnetic radio waves. Luckily, after shifting the audio range, it became a track we can now listen to.
“This soundtrack is just wild enough to make you feel as if you were riding along as Juno sails past Ganymede for the first time in more than two decades,” Bolton said. “If you listen closely, you can hear the abrupt change to higher frequencies around the midpoint of the recording, which represents entry into a different region in Ganymede’s magnetosphere.”
NASA’s team is still analyzing the Waves data. Additionally, this happened to be Juno’s 34th trip around Jupiter. In this instance, it was within 645 of Ganymede’s surface and traveled around 41,600 mph.
The Juno mission had the Juno spacecraft successfully enter Jupiter’s orbit on July 4, 2016. Its primary goal sought to reveal its formation and how it’s changed over time. Using reliable technology involving spinning spacecraft in an elliptical polar orbit, it’s been observing Jupiter for five years. It’s been continuously observing Jupiter’s gravity and magnetic fields, evolution, and atmosphere, and dynamics.
NASA ‘Touches’ Sun for the First Time
Jupiter and one of its moons aren’t the only celestial bodies receiving attention lately. Last week, NASA claimed to have “touched” the sun for the first time.
Considering the sun reaches 27 million degrees, it’s best not to take the statement literally. Nonetheless, NASA accomplished something significant in their Parker Solar Probe endured incredibly harsh temperatures. The probe lasted temperatures reaching 2,370 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, it fought radiation levels that were 500 times stronger than those on Earth.
The probe went through its “unexplored solar atmosphere,” which is its corona. Overall, that means it was a mere eight million miles from its core. Though that still sounds quite far away, it’s a feat never done until now.
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, gave his thoughts in a statement NASA released. “Not only does this milestone provide us with deeper insights into our Sun’s evolution and its impact on our solar system, but everything we learn about our own star also teaches us more about stars in the rest of the universe.”