Jupiter System

  • Scientists have attributed the different surfaces and interior states of Jupiter's moons Ganymede and Callisto to cometary impacts that occurred some 3.8 billion years ago. The study in comparative planetology shows how influences from space can shape the formation of celestial bodies.
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  • Craters on the two largest objects in the asteroid belt could help identify at what point during the early solar system Jupiter was created. Vesta and Ceres are believed to be two of the oldest objects in the solar system and studying them could shed
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  • Craters on the two largest objects in the asteroid belt could help identify at what point during the early solar system Jupiter was created. Vesta and Ceres are believed to be two of the oldest objects in the solar system and studying them could shed
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  • Hiding from Jupiter’s Radiation
    The intense radiation around Jupiter will complicate possible future missions to the moon Europa. A new project plans to create a "radiation weather map" that will help pinpoint regions where astrobiologically-relevant molecules may survive.
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  • Hiding from Jupiter's Radiation
    The intense radiation around Jupiter will complicate possible future missions to the moon Europa. A new project plans to create a "radiation weather map" that will help pinpoint regions where astrobiologically-relevant molecules may survive.
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  • Studying a Giant Planet
    Eight years from now, the Juno spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter, with instruments to study its atmosphere. Research goals for the mission include determining how the giant planet formed, how much water it contains, and how its powerful auroras compare to Earth´s Northern Lights.
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  • Rings Made in the Shade
    Scientists may have solved a long-standing mystery about anomalies in Jupiter's rings. The finding provides new information about the Jovian system and may yield clues about planetary formation.
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  • Io’s Salty Volcanoes
    Jupiter's moon Io is the most volcanically active place known, and researchers are studying how gases from the moon escape and populate the space surrounding Jupiter. Io is providing insight into how the influence of Jupiter's gravity can heat the moon even though it's located
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  • Io's Salty Volcanoes
    Jupiter's moon Io is the most volcanically active place known, and researchers are studying how gases from the moon escape and populate the space surrounding Jupiter. Io is providing insight into how the influence of Jupiter's gravity can heat the moon even though it's located
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  • Speeding by Jupiter
    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is currently en route to Pluto, but when it passes by Jupiter this year, the craft will also perform observations of the solar system's largest planet as well Jupiter's four major moons.
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