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Juno flies past Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in 1st visit since 2000

PARIS — NASA’s Juno probe is all set for a close flyby of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa on Thursday (Sept. 29), which could possibly reveal tremendous new insights into Europa’s crust and interior.

Juno will take detailed images and other data as it comes as close as 220 miles (355 kilometers) to the surface of Europa, which is criss-crossed with cracks along its icy exterior. The visit follows a 2000 flyby by the Galileo spacecraft, and scientists hope that comparing the images taken by the two probes could be very insightful.

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