Special Perspectives

New Surprises in the Largest Magnetosphere of Our Solar System

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Science  12 Oct 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5848, pp. 216-217
DOI: 10.1126/science.1150448

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Abstract

En route to its ultimate rendezvous with Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft passed through the magnetic and plasma environment of Jupiter in February 2007. Onboard instruments collected high-resolution images, spectroscopic data, and information about charged particles. The results have revealed unusual structure and variation in Jupiter's plasma and large plasmoids that travel down the magnetotail. Data on Jupiter's aurora provide details of the interaction with the solar wind, and a major volcanic eruption from the moon Io was observed during the encounter.

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