NASA's Juno mission captures the volcanc world of Jupiter's moon

By Jurassic JennMay 12, 2024 11:37 AMScience
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NASA's Juno mission captures the volcanc world
NASA's Juno mission captures the volcanc world. Source: dunyanews.tv

The space agency's Juno probe, which has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016, flew past the gas giant's volcanic moon Io last week on its last scheduled flyby in this orbit. The spacecraft captured a world full of volcanoes.

This was reported by SSPDaily.

"We see an incredible amount of detail on the surface. It's just a cornucopia of data. It's just extraordinary," Ashley Davies, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who studies Io, said.

Darker spots are usually volcanoes or hot spots.

Io, slightly larger than the Earth's Moon, is a world in constant torment. Not only is the largest planet in the solar system constantly gravitationally attracted to this moon, but so are Io's brothers Europa and the solar system's largest moon Ganymede. As a result, Io is constantly stretching and shrinking, which is associated with the formation of lava that erupts from numerous volcanoes.

As a reminder, scientists have revealed the secret of anomalies on the Moon. Shortly after its "birth" billions of years ago, the Earth's satellite literally "turned inside out".

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