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  • Joyce Morse

    Colorful Map Details Volcano-Studded Surface of Io BY ADAM MANN03.20.12 After a six-year effort, researchers have released the first geologic map of the solar system’s most volcanically active object, Jupiter’s moon Io.

  • Dr. Stefan Gruenwald

    First-ever geological map of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io

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New Horizons took this montage of images of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io, glowing in the dark of Jupiter's shadow, as the Pluto-bound spacecraft sped through the Jupiter system on Feb. 27, 2007.