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Photometric Analysis of Jupiter-illuminated Images of IoSeveral sequences of the dark (Jupiter-illuminated) side of Io obtained during the Voyager 2 encounter present opporunity for understanding several problems relating to the surface composition of Io. The existence or absence of SO2 condensates on the night side is a sensitive indicator of an SO2 atmosphere. Preliminary analysis of the night side Io images suggests localized brightenings of approximately 25% may exist. Examination of the night side images represents an even more sensitive indicator for pure sulfur. Between 60 and 130 degrees (the minimum nighttime and maximum daytime temperatures, respectively), the relative spectral reflectance for yellow sulfur observed in the Voyager green and clear filters decreases by 25%. This decrease should be detectable on the nightside images. A search of the Voyager 2 Jupiter-illuminated images yielded a single pair of green and clear images. In these images one hemisphere of Io is Sun-illuminated and the other is Jupiter illuminated. Geologically similar regions of Io are being selected to obtain average color ratios of specific geologic units for both day and night sides.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Buratti, B. J.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Terrile, R. J.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program, 1984
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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