The best photos of the moon Io for more than 20 years – Kosmonautix.cz

The US probe Juno has made the closest pass to Jupiter's moon Io than any other probe in more than 20 years. Therefore, the JunoCam instrument of this probe was able to provide unique high-resolution images. The raw data is already available available for free for all who want to try their hand at their treatment, highlighting different aspects or scientific analysis. On December 30, 2023, the Juno probe passed just 1,500 kilometers above the surface of the most volcanically active body in the Solar System. And this week saw the second very close flyby of Io. The second flyby was primarily over Io's southern hemisphere, while previous flybys were directed over the northern hemisphere. There is so much to see in the photos! In the images, scientists discovered traces of active jets, high mountains with sharp shadows, but also lava lakes with islands visible.

The JunoCam image shows the surface of Io illuminated even at night by light reflected from Jupiter.
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