NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Makes Closest Flyby of Jupiter’s Moon Io Yet

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Makes Closest Flyby of Jupiter’s Moon Io Yet

NASA Juno Spacecraft Closest Flyby Jupiter Moon Io
You’ve seen the frowning face on Jupiter, now check out new images of Io captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during its closest flyby yet. It came within roughly 930 miles from the surface of the most volcanic world in our solar system.


NASA Juno Spacecraft Closest Flyby Jupiter Moon Io
By combining data from this most recent flyby with previous observations, NASA’s Juno science team are now able to study how Io’s volcanoes vary. More specifically, they want to know how often they erupt, their brightness, temperature, the varying shapes of lava flows, and how Io’s activity is connected to the flow of charged particles in Jupiter’s magnetosphere.

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NASA Juno Spacecraft Closest Flyby Jupiter Moon Io

This JunoCam image of Jupiter’s moon Io captures a plume of material ejected from the (unseen) volcano Prometheus. Indicated by the red arrow, the plume is just visible in the darkness below the terminator (the line dividing day and night),” said NASA.


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NASA’s Cryobot Set to Search for Life on Jupiter’s Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus Moons

NASA’s Cryobot Set to Search for Life on Jupiter’s Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus Moons

NASA Cryobot Robot Jupiter Europa Saturn Enceladus
NASA’s cryobot, an eel-like robot, is set to search for life on Jupiter’s Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus moons. The self-contained, cylindrical probe will utilize nuclear power to heat and melt the icy crust beneath it.



Engineers are exploring various nuclear power systems that could suit a cryobot system including the familiar Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) that have powered many deep-space missions as well as fission reactors. Since the surface of Europa and Enceladus both contain impurities such as dust as well as salt, a combination of “water jetting” and mechanical cutting will be required to clear the debris before drilling.

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A cryobot mission requires a robust and redundant communication link through the ice shell to enable the lander to relay data to an orbiting relay asset or directly to Earth. Fiber optic cables are the industry standard for communicating with terrestrial melt probes and deep-sea vehicles, but require careful validation for deployment through ice shells, which are active,” said NASA.

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