Voyager 2
July 9, 1979


Image of Jupiter and Io

Image of Jupiter and Io


Voyager 2 makes its closest approach to Jupiter, coming within 570,000 kilometers (350,000 miles) of the planet. Its encounter begins in late April and continues into August. Together, Voyagers 1 and 2 take more than 33,000 pictures of Jupiter and its five major satellites.

Perhaps the greatest surprise of the Voyagers at Jupiter is the discovery of active volcanism on the moon Io. It is the first time active volcanoes are observed on another body in the solar system.

See also: Voyager home page

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