(LDO)- A strange, 50-second piece of music has just been released by NASA, which is what NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured during its flight near Ganymede – Jupiter’s largest moon, one of the places NASA suspect there may be life.
The music wasn’t played by instruments, but rather acoustic data collected by Juno’s Waves instrument from Ganymede’s emission of radio-electromagnetic waves, which helped them understand a lot more about the magnetosphere. of the moon is larger than this Mercury.
“The soundtrack is just wild enough to make you feel like you’re riding a horse as Juno passes Ganymede for the first time in more than two decades” – Dr. Scott Bolton, planetary researcher from the Southwest Research Institute and is one of the key members of Juno’s executive team, told Sci-News.
According to Science Alert, the strange song is 50 seconds long, obtained on June 7, 2021. At that time, Juno reached its closest approach to the moon Ganymede during its 34th orbit around Jupiter. The spacecraft was then just 1,038 km from the lunar surface, traveling at a relative speed of 67,000 km/h.
The moon Ganymede is the largest moon of Jupiter and also the largest in the solar system, larger than Mercury and Pluto and is one of the objects targeted by astronomers in the hunt for extraterrestrial life. planet.
Previously, several studies from NASA had raised suspicions that the moon has a subterranean sea beneath its icy surface, warmed by a hydrothermal system and complex tidal interactions with its parent planet as well. as with 3 other giant moons, Io, Europa and Calisto.
At the end of July 2021, a study published in Nature Astronomy, analyzing the ultraviolet data of the Hubble Telescope (NASA/ESA) revealed evidence of water vapor on this celestial body. Ganymede is also the rare moon in the universe to possess a powerful magnetosphere, which helps it resist harmful radiation, one of the conditions that would help protect life if it were indeed habitable.