By: Sandy Blom
- Io is Jupiter's volcanic moon.
- The surface of Io is splotched with lava lakes and flood plains of liquid rock.
- Io is about 4.5 billion years old.
- It is also the fifth moon from Jupiter.
- Europa is one of the smallest of Jupiter's moons.
- The surface of Europa is frozen, covered with a layer of ice, leading scientists to believe that there is a very active ocean beneath the surface.
- Europa is one of the most reflective moons in the solar system.
- Ganymede is the largest satellite in our solar system.
- Jupiter's moon Ganymede is larger than Mercury and Pluto, and only slightly smaller than Mars.
- Ganymede is about 4.5 billion years old, which is about the same age as Jupiter.
To get to Jupiter, you must first --
- Exit out of Earth's atmosphere to get into space
- Once you are out of Earth and in space, you must go past Mars
- You'll start to notice some meteoroids/ asteroids all around that will be in between Mars and Jupiter
- Once you pass all of the meteoroids/ asteroid, you will have reached your destination - Jupiter
- When Earth and Jupiter are at there closet point, the distance to Jupiter is only 365 million miles (588 million kilometers) away.
- At its farthest, the giant planet lies 601 million miles (968 million kilometers) away.