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New views of Jovian moons

12:43pm, November 5, 2002

Bombarded by charged particles and exposed to large magnetic fields, the Galileo spacecraft recently braved several passes through Jupiter's radiation belts to get a closer look at the planet's volcanically active moon Io. As it neared Io, the craft also captured portraits of Metis, Amalthea, and Thebe, three of Jupiter's small, innermost moons.

The new images, released April 24, resolve features as small as 2 kilometers, half the size of the tiniest structures previously visible.

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