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A Jupiter-Io Montage from New Horizons

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. Robby

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    A Jupiter-Io Montage from New Horizons
    Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins U. APL, SWRI

    Explanation: As the New Horizons spacecraft sweeps through the Solar System, it is taking breathtaking images of the planets. In February of last year, New Horizons passed Jupiter and the ever-active Jovian moon Io. In this montage, Jupiter was captured in three bands of infrared light making the Great Red Spot look white. Complex hurricane-like ovals, swirls, and planet-ringing bands are visible in Jupiter's complex atmosphere. Io is digitally superposed in natural color. Fortuitously, a plume was emanating from Io's volcano Tvashtar. Frost and sulfuric lava cover the volcanic moon, while red-glowing lava is visible beneath the blue sunlight-scattering plume. The robotic New Horizons spacecraft is on track to arrive at Pluto in 2015.

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    (Via NASA)
     
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  3. Black Mathias

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    That's a really excellent picture!
     

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