Juno fly past Europa in 1st spacecraft

On Thursday, the NASA Juno spacecraft will make a close approach to Jupiter's frozen moon Europa (Sept. 29)

, which might offer incredible new insights into Europa's innards and crust.

As Juno approaches Europa's surface, it will go as near as 220 miles and capture detailed photos and other data.

which has frosty exterior that is dotted with fissures. The trip comes after a flyby in 2000.

In accordance with Michel Blanc, a co-investigator on the Juno mission, "Eurasia is a dynamic geological body.

at the International Astronautical Congress in Paris, told Space.com.

"A form of ice plate tectonics is present at the surface.

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