NASA says that the camera aboard the Galileo Jupiter orbiter which flew to within 200km (120 miles) of the surface of the moon on 5 August may have worked for some time longer than previously thought. Signals had indicated that all images were lost due to an intermittent electronic problem. The camera was gathering magnetic measurements and examining the site of a volcanic eruption. The images are expected to be released soon. This earlier close-up from Galileo shows the terrain of the sulphurous 3,700km-diameter volcanic moon, 421,000km from Jupiter, which is distorted by the gravitational pull and radiation of the giant planet,143,000km in diameter, 778 million km from the sun.


Source: Flight International