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A New Year for Jupiter and Io
01.04.10
 
Image showing the Galilean satellite Io floating before the cloudtops of Jupiter

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The Galilean satellite Io floats above the cloudtops of Jupiter in this image captured on the dawn of the new millennium, January 1, 2001 10:00 UTC (spacecraft time), two days after Cassini's closest approach. The image is deceiving: there are 350,000 kilometers -- roughly 2.5 Jupiters -- between Io and Jupiter's clouds. Io is the size of our Moon, and Jupiter is very big.

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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