Jupiter

  • Europa and Undersea Divers
    From working on Europa research to diving the Atlantic for vent microbes, the SETI Institute's Kevin Hand is getting out there. His handiwork recently was contributed to the exploration voyage of James Cameron, while the Academy Award director hunted for extreme lifeforms.
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  • Olympian Close-Ups
    As the Cassini spacecraft flew by Jupiter on its way to Saturn and its moon, Titan, its camera caught the most detailed view of Jupiter yet. A mosaic of images stitched together showed the unusual cloud activity that make the gas giant such an unusual
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  • Io: Moon On Fire
    For those wishing to tour another solar system, Jupiter is a close simulation; the Jovian family of moons offers some of the most stunning photo opportunities available. To trace the story of the Jovian family requires a good lens, since the four inner
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  • Galileo’s Spyglass
    Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute examines the revolution that the astronomer Galileo brought to the world by discovering moons around another planet. This changed what otherwise had persisted as a worldview since Aristotle placed Earth in the center of it the universe.
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  • High Tide on Europa
    Cynthia Phillips, an expert on Europa image analysis from SETI Institute, discusses the remarkable way that the Galilean satellites-get their warmth. The moons are heated by eccentric orbits. Called tidal heating, this source of energy has interesting implications for whether liquid water could exist so
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  • The End of Galileo
    On Sunday afternoon, the Galileo spacecraft crashed into the planet Jupiter. The spacecraft has redefined our understanding of Jupiter, the moons orbiting that gas giant planet, and the possibility of life elsewhere in our solar system.
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  • Galileo Joins Jupiter, Literally
    The spectacular journey of Jupiter-orbiting spacecraft, Galileo, ended by crashing into planet's atmosphere. Partly because of successful mapping of Europa's frozen ocean, Galileo couldn't be left unattended to, or it might risk contamination of solar system's prospects for habitability.
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  • Fascination with Distant Worlds
    On September 21, the Galileo space probe will dive into the atmosphere of Jupiter. Its trek to the giant planet has revealed stunning images of the Jovian moons, in particular one of its frozen satellites, Europa. Cynthia Phillips of The SETI Institute provides an account
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  • Europa Diary IV: Walking on Thin Ice
    The Europa Focus Group, a collaboration of scientists who study Jupiter's ice-covered moon, met recently on Alaska's North Slope. By studying the unique terrain at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, they foreshadow future expeditions to search for life on Europa.
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  • Europa Diary III: On Polar Bear Time
    The Europa Focus Group, a collaboration of scientists who study Jupiter's ice-covered moon, met recently on Alaska's North Slope. By studying the unique terrain at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, they foreshadow future expeditions to search for life on Europa.
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  • Europa Diary II: Life on Ice
    The Europa Focus Group, a collaboration of scientists who study Jupiter's ice-covered moon, met recently on Alaska's North Slope. By studying the unique terrain at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, they foreshadow future expeditions to search for life on Europa.
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  • Europa Diary I: Landing on Alien Terrain
    The Europa Focus Group, a collaboration of scientists who study Jupiter's ice-covered moon, met recently on Alaska's North Slope. By studying the unique terrain at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, they foreshadow future expeditions to search for life on Europa.
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  • Jupiter’s Perfect Storms
    A spectacular photo album of 43 different Jovian storms reverses the 50-year old picture of Jupiter's belts and rotating zones. The new photos were captured by the Cassini spacecraft on its way to Saturn.
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  • Jupiter: Moon Festival
    Jupiter's mini solar system of now 48 satellites offers compelling insights into how the planets and moon formed, as well as supplying a mystery: How does Jupiter capture and hold on to its festival of moons?
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  • Long Journey’s End
    A pair of interplanetary workhorses were announced as retiring after long and valuable service. The two spacecrafts--Pioneer 10 and the Galileo mission--both far exceeded their initial plans and revealed spectacular close-up images of the outer solar system.
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