NASA Spacecraft Takes 'Movie' of Volcano on Jupiter Moon

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    On its way to Pluto and Charon, NASA's New Horizon spacecraft took this "movie" of the volcano Tvashtar on Jupiter's moon Io. This moon is the most geologically active place in the solar system: more than 400 active volcanos. Io orbits close to Jupiter and the gravitational tides cause internal heat and the resultant volcanism. Io is a hellish place, bathed in high energy radiation and infested with sulfur spewing volcanos. It will be a very long time, if ever, before humans venture to the surface of Io. Some other moons of Jupiter are more hospitable, including Europa which has a water ocean covered by ice. Who knows what is in that ocean? It will probably be decades before we find out, but even now NASA is working on autonomous underwater robots: http://www.underwatertimes.com/news.php?article_id=12593648010

    Here's an image of Io snapped by the Galileo spacecraft:

     
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    Great image of the sulfurous little rock. Gotta spread some rep around.
     
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    Jumpin' Jupiter!...
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    NASA Juno Spacecraft, Nearing Jupiter, to Shed Light on Gas Giant
    June 26, 2016 — After a five-year journey, the spacecraft Juno is nearing its destination, the planet Jupiter, where it will enter polar orbit and start sending back data back July 4. Scientists at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California mission control center for this NASA project, say Juno will pierce the dense clouds of the gas-covered giant and offer insights into its origin and nature of both the planet and our solar system.
     
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    The Jovian system is a very interesting place. When Voyager first sent back photos of that system we realized that the solar system was a very much more complicated place than we had ever imagined. I still think that we should explore the clouds of Jupitier as a possible place of life not as we know it.
     
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    Facts about the Jupiter Juno mission...

    3-2-1: A look at NASA's Jupiter mission by the numbers
    July 3, 2016 — Since launching in 2011, NASA's Juno spacecraft has been cruising toward the biggest planet in the solar system. On Monday, Juno is scheduled to perform a nail-biting move designed to enter orbit around Jupiter to explore its cloud-covered atmosphere and interior makeup.

     

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