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Juno probe captures image of lava-strewn surface of Jupiter's moon Io

By T.K. Randall
December 18, 2022 · Comment icon 8 comments

Image Credit: NASA / JPL-CALTECH / SWRI / ASI / INAF / JIRAM
This hellish world was photographed in remarkable detail during one of the probe's recent flybys.
It has certainly been an interesting time for the scientists behind NASA's Juno probe - a spacecraft that launched all the way back in 2011 with the goal of studying Jupiter (the largest planet in our solar system) as well as its contingent of intriguing and diverse moons.

Its current focus is Io - a volcanically active world that is about as close to a nightmarish hellscape you are going to find within our own solar system.

Over the next 12 months, Juno will make a series of increasingly risky flybys of this seldom-visited moon, eventually sweeping across its surface at an altitude of just 1,500km.

"We have a number of objectives besides trying to understand the volcanoes and lava flows, and to map them," said Dr Scott Bolton, Juno's principal investigator.
"We're also going to be looking at the gravity field, trying to understand the interior structure of Io, to see if we can constrain whether the magma that's creating all these volcanoes forms a global ocean, or whether it's spotty."

This latest photograph taken in infrared by the probe shows Io from 80,000km above.

The bright spots are volcanically active features such as volcanoes, lava flows and lava lakes.

Suffice to say, this is one place you wouldn't want to go for a stroll.

Source: BBC News | Comments (8)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by equshemonius 1 year ago
Looks lie an over heated meatball.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Orphalesion 1 year ago
Cool, a lava planet right out of old scifi haha.
Comment icon #3 Posted by XenoFish 1 year ago
If you look closely you'll see Anakin Skywalker.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hammerclaw 1 year ago
A remarkably detailed blurry, low-res shot.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Myles 1 year ago
I see it as a great pc of something that is 460,000,000 miles away.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Abramelin 1 year ago
True, but we can only wish for similar blurry photos of BF:
Comment icon #7 Posted by Abramelin 1 year ago
It looks like Io is finally breaking up due to Jupiter's gravity.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog 1 year ago
Fudge we are done ! Bruce Willis gone senile !


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