THE CASE FOR IO

Io is a priority destination for solar system exploration, as it is the best natural laboratory to study the intertwined processes of tidal heating, extreme volcanism, and atmosphere-magnetosphere interactions. Io exploration is relevant to understanding terrestrial planets and moons (including the early Earth), ocean worlds, and exoplanets across the cosmos. The scope and importance of science questions at Io necessitates a broad portfolio of research and analysis, telescopic observations, and planetary missions—including a dedicated, New Frontiers class Io mission.
WHITE PAPERS TO THE NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL 2023–2032 PLANETARY SCIENCE AND ASTROBIOLOGY DECADAL SURVEY RELATED TO IO:
HIGH-RESOLUTION FIGURES OF IO:
ADDITIONAL REVIEW ARTICLES AND RESOURCES ABOUT IO:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT IO VOLCANO OBSERVER (IVO):

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Background image: LRO/LOLA topography of the Moon, visualization by J.T Keane.

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