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Tvashtar’s Plume March 17, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in NASA, new horizons, pluto, scifi.
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I had always thought that IO was the most exciting of all the Jovian moons.

I mean come on it’s so far away from the Sun and yet it has enough geological thermal activity to have the most active volcanoes in the entire solar system.

The Pluto-bound New Horizons space probe, which was launched a little over a year ago, recently passed Jupiter.

On its way through the Jovian system it snapped some amazing shots..this one of Tvashtar’s Plume on Io is one of the most spectacular.

More info on Tvashtar’s Plume can be found at NASA’s New Horizon site.

Next up: Saturn

New Horizons’ next checkpoint comes on June 8, 2008, when it passes the orbit of Saturn.

Projected Orbit Crossing Dates

     Uranus: March 18, 2011

     Neptune: August 24, 2014

Pluto: July 14, 2015

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