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Ganymede. Asia Tooke and Avery Morgan. Ganymede Physical Features . It is the largest satellite in our solar system with three whole layers: an iron, metallic core that generates its magnetic field, a rocky mantle, and its shell, which is chiefly composed of ice.

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ganymede

Ganymede

Asia Tooke and Avery Morgan

ganymede physical features
Ganymede Physical Features
  • It is the largest satellite in our solar system with three whole layers: an iron, metallic core that generates its magnetic field, a rocky mantle, and its shell, which is chiefly composed of ice.
  • There is some Oxygen in the atmosphere, but it’s too thin to support life.
  • It’s lumpy! This means that there are probably rock formations beneath the ice.
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Ganymede’s Bright Limb

Galileo Regio’s furrowed region

ganymede special features
Ganymede Special Features
  • It’s forty percent cratered area, and sixty percent lightly grooved terrain from tensional faulting or release of water beneath the surface. Some grooves are up to 700 m high. The dark cratered area is probably the original crust of the satellite.
  • The craters are flat, probably because of the soft, icy ground.
  • Galileo Regio is the largest area on Ganymede.
special features
Special Features

Khensu Crater

Grooved terrain

origin of the name
Origin of the Name
  • Galileo, at first, called the moons numerically after the Medici family. In the mid-1800’s, Ganymede as well as the other Galilean moons were renamed so as to avoid confusion that could arise with naming the moons numerically.
  • Ganymede in Greek mythology was a very pretty boy that was disguised as an eagle by Zeus and brought to Mount Olympus to be the cupbearer of the Gods.