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Galileo Catches Lava Fountain on Io

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Science  24 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5449, pp. 2436-2437
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5449.2436b

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SAN FRANCISCO-- Astronomers are galvanized by a new image of what may be a curtain of lava spewing above a volcano on Jupiter's moon Io. The picture, snapped by the Galileo spacecraft during its daredevil dive past Io on Thanksgiving and released last week at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union, also reveals a complex, jagged cliff arcing near the volcano--further evidence of the moon's geologic turmoil.