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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:59 PM
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Io generates as much wattage as 1,000 nuclear power plants
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Galileo detected electrical currents flowing along magnetic field lines above two areas of volcanic activity on Io, Kivelson said. Material shot high from eruptions is apparently affecting conductivity more than 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) above the surface.

"If this is the mechanism that's producing the currents, it may help us in the search for active plumes," she said.

Galileo, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has been orbiting Jupiter for six years. As it flew near Io's poles in August and October, the density of charged particles it was passing through suddenly increased about tenfold when the spacecraft crossed the path of a magnetic-field connection between Io and Jupiter, reported Dr. Donald Gurnett of the University of Iowa, Iowa City. The waves, indicating the density, travel in a plasma of charged particles, and would be silent to the ear, but Iowa researchers converted them to sound waves to make the patterns audible. Audio clips are available online at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/videos/io

"You hear a whistling sound from Jupiter's radio emissions, then, just when you go over the pole, you hear a tremendous roar that starts abruptly, then stops abruptly," Gurnett said. "It's like the noise from a huge electrical power generator." Io actually generates as much wattage as about 1,000 nuclear power plants.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:01 PM
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1. That's a long cable...
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:02 PM
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2. I'm just sayin'. n/t
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:06 PM
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5. I've got no beef with Io.
You did nothing wrong.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:07 PM
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6. I made a left turn down a one way street once but that was long ago. n/t
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:11 PM
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8. How'd that work out?
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:13 PM
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10. Still driving down that lane, haven't stopped yet. n/t
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:03 PM
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3. So?
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:04 PM
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4. No, you are supposed to say, "No it doesn't". That would be appropriate. n/t
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:09 PM
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7. ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE."
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:13 PM
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9. So you have one of those memories, bully for you... however it is both a blessing
and a curse imho.
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:14 PM
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11. whatever.
:eyes:
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