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Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of March 21, 2022

Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of March 21, 2022

Planetary Picture of the Day

Planetary Picture of the Day

Week of March 21, 2022

Welcome to our weekly recap of our Planetary Picture of the Day (PPOD)!
Iceland, Italy; Io, Europa, the Moon; and tracking Zhurong.


Monday, March 21, 2022

Italy from space


Italy From Space
Buongiorno a tutti! Have a wonderful day and a 'favolosa' week.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

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Credit: NASA / ULA

To the Moon!
What a sight! It has been decades since such a mighty launcher was rolled out. It took 10 hours and 38 minutes for the crawler-transporter to arrive at the launchpad with the 3.5-million-pound Space Launch System rocket and NASA's Orion Spacecraft. One more test before the liftoff of Artemis!


Wednesday, March 23, 2022


Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/AndreaLuck

Juno Glimpses Io and Europa
NASA’s Juno mission captured this view of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere during the spacecraft’s 39th close flyby of the planet on Jan. 12, 2022. Zooming in on the right portion of the image reveals two more worlds in the same frame: Jupiter’s intriguing moons, Io (left) and Europa (right).

At the time this image was taken, the Juno spacecraft was about 61,000 kilometers from Jupiter’s cloud tops, at a latitude of about 52 degrees south. Citizen scientist Andrea Luck created the image using raw data from the JunoCam instrument.


Thursday, March 24, 2022


Credit: NASA/JPL/UArizona
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Tracking Zhurong
You are looking at the Chinese Zhurong rover from the orbit of Mars! Zhurong landed in May 2021. This HiRISE image, acquired on 11 March 2022, shows how far the rover has traveled in the ten months since it landed.

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Friday, March 25, 2022


Credit: Iurie Belegurschi Photography

The otherworldly landscape of Iceland
The volcanic landscape of the Icelandic highlands almost seems like a different planet.



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