Jupiter System

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    Astronomers have discovered two new moons orbiting Jupiter.
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    The European Space Agency has selected its next large science mission - the Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE). JUICE is set to launch in 2022 and will study the diverse moons of Jupiter and their potential as habitats for life.
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    A team of scientists has developed the first complete global geologic map of Jupiter's moon Io.
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    New movies of an invisible wave shaking up the jet stream of Jupiter are helping astrobiologists better-understand similar processes on planet Earth.
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    Jupiter is often credited for shielding Earth from catastrophic asteroid and comet impacts. But new simulations of the influence of gas giant planets in solar systems casts doubt on Jupiter’s reputation as Earth’s protector.
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    Comet samples from NASA's Stardust spacecraft are helping scientists understand the formation of Jupiter. Understanding the history of the early Solar System is important in determining how Earth became habitable for life as we know it.
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. We begin with NASA's Juno spacecraft, which began its journey to the Jupiter system on August 5th. (Originally published 08/04/2011 and 08/05/2011)
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    NASA's Juno spacecraft is set to launch toward Jupiter on August 5th.
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    New data analysis from NASA's Galileo spacecraft has revealed a subsurface ocean of magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon Io.
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    This summer, amateur astronomers worked with professionals to spot two fireballs lighting up Jupiter's atmosphere. It was the first time Earth-based telescopes captured relatively small objects burning up in the atmosphere of a giant planet.
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    NASA's Juno spacecraft is in a cleanroom in Denver, where engineers recently added a unique protective shield around its sensitive electronics. Juno's launch window opens in August of 2011, when the craft will begin its mission to study the Jupiter system.
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    Jupiter´s moon Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system. Could it also be a habitat for life?
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    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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  • 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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