This is an drawing of the Galileo probe plunging into Jupiter's atmosphere on an exploratory mission.
The Magnetospheres of Moons
Since it has been determined that the composition
of the moons is mostly ice, there is probably not enough magnetic material for these to have a magnetosphere of their own. Nevertheless, because of the existence of a (very) thin atmosphere
, these moons may possibly have an influence on the larger magnetosphere
in which they orbit.
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