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  • NASA Probe Spies Plumes Above Jupiter Moon’s Lava Lakes

    NASA Probe Spies Plumes Above Jupiter Moon’s Lava Lakes

    It’s not a big moon relative to some of its neighbors, but Jupiter’s Io is exceedingly active, with volcanoes by the hundreds spewing lava plumes dozens of miles above its surface, per NASA. Infrared tech aboard the space agency’s Juno probe mapped two such eruptions in February, returning valuable data on the mysterious happenings beneath…


  • Yeah, That’s a Freakin’ Lava Lake on a Moon

    Yeah, That’s a Freakin’ Lava Lake on a Moon

    Two recent flybys of Jupiter’s moon Io by NASA’s Juno spacecraft revealed a couple of stunning surprises: a remarkably steep mountain and islands in the middle of a burbling lava lake. The new findings were announced yesterday by Scott Bolton, the principal investigator of the Juno mission, at the European Geophysical Union’s General Assembly. “Io…