May 11

Galileo's data reveals magma Ocean under Jupiter's Moon

Source: NASA-Solar System Exploration

New data analysis from NASA's Galileo spacecraft reveals a subsurface ocean of molten or partially molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io.

The finding heralds the first direct confirmation of this kind of magma layer at Io and explains why the moon is the most volcanic object known in the solar system. The research was conducted by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Michigan.

The study is published this week in the journal Science. (read more)

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