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Watch: NASA’s Juno mission flies by Jupiter and Ganymede

It’s the closest a spacecraft has gotten to the icy moon in 20 years.

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In June, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew by Jupiter and its moon Ganymede. Its cameras captured the vibrant surface of the gas giant and the icy exterior of its orbiting neighbor.

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It takes the spacecraft almost 15 hours to travel between the two bodies — a distance of 735,000 miles.

Ganymede’s rough, icy surface up close.NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
The moon in full view.NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere can be seen here in swirling colors.NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
Up close and personal with Jupiter.NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
Here's another shot of the gas giant's diverse, colorful regions.NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

NASA via Giphy

Juno is set to stay in space until 2025. In due time, we’ll probably see even more stunning imagery of the gas giant and its moons.

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