Pluto probe gets an eyeful in Jupiter flyby
March 1, 2007 6:34am CST
Visions of a volcanic plume spewing out of Jupiter's moon Io and a swirling storm are among the first images returned by a NASA probe as it made an early-morning swing past the gas giant Wednesday. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent home the new look at Jupiter’s “Little Red Spot” and the planet’s volcanic moon Io as it closed in on the gas giant, during a planetary flyby that reached its closest approach at about 12:45 a.m. ET Wednesday. "This is the best image of a large volcanic plume on Io since the Voyager flybys in 1979," John Spencer, deputy leader of the New Horizons Jupiter Encounter Science Team at Colorado’s Southwest Research Institute, said in a written statement.
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