Press Release

Space Science Update: “Volcanic Moon Io Mirrors Earth’s Past”

By SpaceRef Editor
November 16, 1999
Filed under

Douglas Isbell

Headquarters, Washington, DC

(Phone: 202/358-1753)

Jane Platt

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

(Phone: 818/354-0880)



New images and animation showing volcanic activity on
Jupiter’s moon Io, similar to that which occurred on Earth eons
ago, will be unveiled at a Space Science Update featuring findings
from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. The briefing will be televised
from NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, on Friday, Nov. 19, 1999,
at 1 p.m. EST.

By studying Io, scientists hope to learn more about the
geological processes that shaped Earth, Mars and other planets.
Panelists at the briefing will be:

  • Dr. Torrence Johnson, Galileo Project Scientist, NASA’s Jet
    Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, CA
  • Dr. Alfred McEwen, Galileo imaging team member, University of
    Arizona, Tucson
  • Dr. Rosaly Lopes-Gautier, Galileo near-infrared mapping
    spectrometer team member, JPL
  • Dr. Susan Kieffer, MacArthur Fellow and consulting geologist,
    Toronto, Canada

The Space Science Update will originate from the James E.
Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., SW, Washington,
DC, and will be carried live on NASA Television, available on
transponder 9C, satellite GE-2 at 85 degrees West longitude,
vertical polarization, frequency 3880 MHz, audio of 6.8 MHz.
There will be two-way question-and-answer capability for reporters
covering the event from participating NASA centers.

The new images will also be available on the World Wide Web

The Galileo mission is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena, CA.


SpaceRef staff editor.