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Ganymede
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Photo of the satellite Ganymede of the planet Jupiter
Ganymede   Jupiter III

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Mean distance from the planet Jupiter 1.070.400 km
Orbital period around the planet Jupiter (sideric) 7,1545 d
Mean orbital velocity 10,88 km/s
Orbital inclination 0,21 °
Eccentricity of the orbit around the planet Jupiter 0,0015
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Discovered by Simon Marius, Galileo Galilei 1610
Mass 1,4819 × 1023 kg
Equatorial radius 2631,2 km
Mean density 1,94 g/cm³
Escape velocity 2,74 km/s
Surface force of gravity 1,43 m/s²
Rotational period (synchronous) 7,1545 d
Mean surface temperature 110 K
Albedo 0,44
Apparent magnitude + 4,6 mvis
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Ganymede is the young, beautyful boy and son of Tros, the King of Troy, and Kallirrhoe.

Zeus fell in love with Ganymede when he spotted him herding his flock on Mount Ida. Zeus then came down in the form of an eagle to carry Ganymede to Mount Olympus where Ganymede became cupbearer to the gods. Zeus gave the grieving Tros two storm footed horses.

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File icon The Jupiter Satellite Page
Scott S. Sheppard
File icon NASA (Galileo) - Ganymede: The largest moon in the Solar System
Astronomy Picture of the Day (June 20th 2000) - 577 × 577 (33 kB)
File icon NASA (Voyager, Galileo) - The Jupiter System
© Calvin J. Hamilton ("Views of the Solar System")
File icon NASA (Voyager) - Ganymede
© Calvin J. Hamilton ("Views of the Solar System")
File icon NASA (Voyager 1) - Crescent Image of Ganymede
© Calvin J. Hamilton ("Views of the Solar System")
File icon Welcome to the Planets
Online version of the "Planetary Data System Educational CD-ROM"
File icon A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System - The Nine Planets
© William A. Arnett
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