Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Horizons: NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission

NASA's probe, New Horizons, passed Jupiter last winter studying the planet and its moons as it moved toward Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. These images below are a composite of two photos taken a few days apart. Jupiter and Io are shown here. The amazing thing about the Io shot is the presence of an eruption. The 330 km plume is lit by the sun and glows blue in the picture. We can even see the magma! Click on the photo for a larger view and check out the red dot below the blue plume.

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