This image shows a highly fractured lane of grooved terrain, Lagash Sulcus, which runs through an area of heavily cratered dark terrain within Marius Regio on Jupiter's moon Ganymede. The boundary between these two units is marked by a deep trough. Outside the groove lane, little fracturing is evident, suggesting that deformation is largely concentrated within the bright grooved area. The bright, heart-shaped feature just below the image center may be a patch of bright terrain, or the feature may be related to ancient impact event.
North is to the top of the picture and the sun illuminates the surface from the upper right. The image, centered at 17 degrees south latitude and 156 degrees longitude, covers an area approximately 230 by 230 kilometers. The resolution is 288 meters per picture element. The images were taken on June 6, 1997 at 14 hours, 56 minutes, 11 seconds Universal Time at a range of 28655 kilometers by the Solid State Imaging (SSI) system on NASA's Galileo spacecraft.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA manages the Galileo mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC.
This image and other images and data received from Galileo are posted on the World Wide Web, on the Galileo mission home page at URL http:// galileo.jpl.nasa.gov. Background information and educational context for the images can be found at URL http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/sepo. Image Credit: NASA/JPL