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Cassini Finds Massive Jupiter Gas Cloud

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posted on Feb, 28 2003 @ 05:35 PM

Stretching millions of miles around Jupiter, the donut- shaped cloud, known as a "torus," is believed to result from the uncommonly severe bombardment of ion radiation the jovian giant sends toward Europa. That radiation damages Europa's surface, kicking up and pulling apart water-ice molecules and dispersing them along the moon's orbit into a neutral-gas torus with a mass of about 60,000 tons.

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