Erupting into Space

Erupting into Space

Erupting into Space is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's exhibition, Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes, from May 26, 2010 - May 2, 2011. 

An 86-mile-high volcanic plume explodes above the horizon of Jupiter’s moon Io. The plume is erupting over a caldera (volcanic depression), named Pillan Patera, after a South American god of thunder, fire, and volcanoes.

Galileo, June 28, 1997

  • WEB11411-2010

  • Copyright/Owner: Michael Benson
  • Source: NASA; JPL; PIRL; University of Arizona; Kinetikon Pictures