"Joy and pleasure are as real as pain and sorrow and one must learn what they have to teach. . . ." -- Sean Russell, from Gatherer of Clouds

"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Saturday Science: A Sidebar

This is actually relevant to my first post on "Earth: A Biography". From CNN (which for some reason has it in the "Health" section):

A spinning, solar-powered spacecraft as wide as a basketball court will arrive at Jupiter on July 4 to study the giant planet and to take the highest-resolution images of Jupiter in history.

NASA's robotic Juno probe is carrying seven science instruments designed to help scientists figure out how Jupiter formed and evolved. The planet is the most massive in our solar system -- a huge ball of gas 11 times wider than Earth. Researchers think it was the first planet to form and that it holds clues to how the solar system evolved.

"One of the primary goals of Juno is to learn the recipe for solar systems," Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, said at a news conference on June 16. "How do you make the solar system? How do you make the planets in our solar system?"

Spacecraft have been to Jupiter before, but scientists still are puzzled. What's going on under Jupiter's dense clouds? Does it have a solid core? How much water is in its atmosphere? And how deep are those colorful bands and that mysterious giant red spot?

"Jupiter looks a lot like the sun," Bolton said. But it has much more than the sun, and that's really important.

"The stuff that Jupiter has more of is what we're all made out of," he said. "It's what the Earth is made out of. It's what life comes from."

A note: It seems that the Hadean eon of Earth's history might not have been as violent as previously reported: there is evidence that there were oceans as early as 4 billion years ago.

Now, back to Juno. From Nasa (via Joe.My.God.):

And this:

That one has 360° control (which means you can manipulate the image with your cursor).

(I know -- I get like a little kid with stuff like this. I should have been a scientist of some sort.)

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