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77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True

If Jupiter was the same distance away from Earth as the Moon

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's Fragment Q1 hits Jupiter.  The examination of its impact caused scientists to reconsider the importance of asteroid strikes in terrestrial history.

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Science and Space Photos

- Jupiter's Red Spot

Phobos in the foreground with gigantic (but very distant) Jupiter sitting in the background, a fortuitous alignment that the Mars Express High-Resolution Stereo Camera team took advantage of on June 1.

The Mineral Moon (NASA/JPL) - this mosaic of 53 images was recorded by the Jupiter-bound Galileo spacecraft as it passed near our own large natural satellite in 1992. The pictures were recorded through three spectral filters and combined in an exaggerated false-color scheme to explore the composition of the lunar surface as changes in mineral content produce subtle color differences in reflected light.

Panorama of Curiosity images showing the the tallest part of "Mount" Remarkable in the foreground with the considerably taller mountains of Gale Crater's rim in the background. Color variant.