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Io's Atmosphere

There are no clouds and lightning. The atmosphere of Io is very thin and does not remain bound to Io for very long. Even so, it has an important impact on the Jupiter system.

Io's atmosphere comes from its volcanoes, then disperses because, as a small moon, Io does not have substantial gravity.

Because the atmosphere comes from its volcanoes, the air of Io is made primarily of sulphur.

Once the particles from the atmosphere get into the magnetosphere, they create a donut-shaped cloud of material around Io.

The Galileo spacecraft, in exploring the moons of Jupiter will try to learn more about the atmosphere of Io.


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