A New View

A New View
A New View Two days after its closest approach to Jupiter, Cassini captured a stunning sight: a crystal-clear image of Io with Jupiter's swirling bands of atmosphere in the background. Although Io seems to be floating just above Jupiter’s clouds, there is actually room for two and a half Jupiter-size planets between the gas giant and its innermost moon. Cassini collected its last images of the Jovian system in March 2001. The spacecraft is now on the final leg of its six-and-a-half-year journey, intending to keep its July 1, 2004 appointment with Saturn. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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