By FactsWow Team
Posted on: 30 Dec, 2022
NASA's Juno mission spacecraft completed its 47th close pass of Jupiter on December 14.
The image of the giant's volcanic moon Io was captured by the Spacecraft's JunoCam on December 14. It has a distance of about 40,000 miles which is 64,000 kilometers.
Io is the volcanically active world in the solar system. It's over 400 active volcanoes. It is one of the innermost of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter, and it's the fourth-largest moon in the solar system.
Io's surface is covered with sulfur and sulfur dioxide frost. It is being reshaped by intense volcanic activity.
Volcanism is driven by tidal heating from the gravitational pull of Jupiter and the Galilean moons Europa and Ganymede. Tidal heating produces a large heat released through volcanism.
The moon's volcanism is managed by its bright yellow and orange colors. It is a unique atmosphere that is composed of sulfur dioxide.
On January 22, 2023, the Juno spacecraft, the most distant orbiter of NASA, was set to make its closest approach to Jupiter.
The probe will keep studying the biggest planet in the solar system until September 2025 or until the end of its mission.
After the 47th flyby of Jupiter, the solar-powered orbiter had difficulty sending its science data to mission controllers; they put it into safe mode.
On December 23, NASA reported that the spacecraft was regaining its memory. It should be out of safe mode in approximately one week.
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