This Earth-orbiting satellite will watch for ultraviolet light emitted from the region of Jupiter's atmosphere where the cometary fragments are predicted to enter. The satellite also will watch as the dust from the comet travels into and through the superhot gas of the Io plasma torus, which is a ring of superhot gas emitted from Io that encircles Jupiter. The EUVE observations will help scientists gain a better understanding of the comet and its dust, as well as Jupiter and the superhot gas surrounding the giant planet. The spacecraft is managed and operated by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Md.
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