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So NEAR, and yet so far from UNDERSTANDING

Valles Marineris

On Valentine’s Day, 2000, the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft is is due, on its second attempt, to go into orbit around asteroid 433 Eros. It will be the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid. NEAR will examine the … Continue reading

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NASA’S Xmas Coloring Book

Coloring book

NASA have just released the first images from their Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1999, closest flyby of Io. See them at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/io [dead link 2012, try http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02519]. My earlier prediction that the so-called volcanos would be much hotter than the … Continue reading

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MORE IO CLOSEUPS

Io closeup

Jupiter’s Moon Io: a Flashback to Earth’s Volcanic Past Excerpts From A NASA/JPL Press Release November 19, 1999 Jupiter’s fiery moon Io is providing scientists with a window on volcanic activity and colossal lava flows similar to those that raged … Continue reading

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HAWAIIAN-STYLE VOLCANO ON IO?

Lightning strike on a golf course

Excerpts from a NASA/JPL Press Release November 5, 1999 New images from Galileo reveal unexpected details of the Prometheus volcano on Io including a caldera and lava flowing through fields of sulfur dioxide snow. It appears that the Prometheus volcano … Continue reading

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CLOSEST EVER PICTURE OF IO

Io crater chains

From NASA News of 24 October 1999 The highest resolution image ever of Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io, (the black and white image at top) was taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft on Oct. 11, 1999, from an altitude of 617 kilometers … Continue reading

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NASA risks Galileo spacecraft by FLYING A “KITE” AT IO!

Io plume

JPL News wrote: “Galileo makes two daring passes less than 620 km above Io on October 11 and November 25, 1999. In November Galileo might even pass through the plume of Pillan Patera, making it the first spacecraft ever to … Continue reading

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