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December 28, 2023

NASA’s Juno to Get Close Look at Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon Io on 12.30

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Will Conduct Some Serious Space Tourism This Week... 

On Tuesday, Dec. 30, Juno will make the closest flyby of Jupiter’s moon Io that any spacecraft has made in over 20 years. Coming within roughly 930 miles from the surface of the most volcanic world in our solar system, the pass is expected to allow Juno instruments to generate a firehose of data. “By combining data from this flyby with our previous observations, the Juno science team is studying how Io’s volcanoes vary,” said Juno’s principal investigator, Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. “We are looking for how often they erupt, how bright and hot they are, how the shape of th

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