Io's new cylindrical map.
Last edited by Dubb; 2007-Nov-09 at 02:42 AM.
It's amazing how many volcanoes you can spot in this image.
Very nice pictures.
Does anyone have any idea what this is?
Is that digital noise in the dark areas? Or is it some kind of large scale rock formation that's darker than the surrounding area - I can't for the life of me figure out what it might be.
That's Loki Patera. it's about the size of the big island of Hawaii, and it's also a product of volcanism.
The black area is interpreted as being (or once having been) a lake of liquid sulphur 200km across, while the yellow region enclosed by the black surface is interpreted as a floe of yellow sulphur floating on the lake. The dark linear feature to upper right is a fissure which is spouting a volcanic plume (visible as the grey striations radiating leftwards). The apparent "noise" in the lake may be smaller sulphur rafts.
More images and information here and here.
I'm probably a little crazy, but I think Io would be just about the neatest place to visit (assuming a good spacesuit).
At night the stars put on a show for free
All moderation in purple
- The rules
I myself hope I live long enough to see a few seismometers go down, and last long enough to tell us some information about the interior. I bet old Io's interior is a beautiful cacophony of strong tremblors compared to Earth.
Originally Posted by grant hutchison
That's even far more interesting that I imagined it would be!
Most of jupiters moons would be quite intresting to visit, my personal intrest would be europa, or any one that may harbor some sort of life.
Originally Posted by Swift
2007-Apr-07, 08:44 PM
Last edited by Dubb; 2007-Nov-09 at 02:43 AM.