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Lunar Probes To Reach Destination Over The Weekend
2011-12-27 05:31:49

Two spacecraft set to study the moon will enter our celestial neighbor's orbit over New Year's weekend. NASA's twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) probes have been independently traveling to their destination since launching in September and will arrive 24 hours apart from each other. The paths of the spacecrafts are right on target, making it unnecessary for engineers to move them into position. "Both spacecraft have performed essentially flawlessly since...

2011-11-16 13:05:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Data from a NASA planetary mission have provided scientists evidence of what appears to be a body of liquid water, equal in volume to the North American Great Lakes, beneath the icy surface of Jupiter's moon, Europa. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The data suggest there is significant exchange between Europa's icy shell and the ocean beneath. This information could bolster arguments that Europa's global...

Image 1 - Large Body Of Water Found On Jupiter's Moon Europa
2011-11-16 12:54:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video ] Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin said they have discovered a body of liquid water the volume of the North American Great Lakes inside one of Jupiter's moons. The team said that the water could represent a potential habitat for life, and many more lakes might exist throughout the shallow regions of Europa's shell. The lake is covered by floating ice shelves that appear to be collapsing, which...

Juno Sends Back Image Of The Earth And Moon
2011-08-31 07:59:25

  NASA´s Juno spacecraft, on its way to visit the solar system´s giant Jupiter, took a look back at Earth and the Moon and snapped a photo, reports BBC News. “This is a remarkable sight people get to see all too rarely,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “This view of our planet shows how Earth looks from the outside, illustrating a special perspective of our role and place in the...

2011-08-05 11:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:25 p.m. EDT Friday to begin a five-year journey to Jupiter. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Juno's detailed study of the largest planet in our solar system will help reveal Jupiter's origin and evolution. As the archetype of giant gas planets, Jupiter can help scientists understand the origin of our...

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2011-08-05 11:35:00

NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully launched in a dramatic fashion on Friday and is now on its way to unlock secrets about the planet Jupiter. The 4-ton spacecraft lifted off from launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 12:25 p.m. (EDT) and is only the second spacecraft to have its coordinates set towards Jupiter. NASA delayed the original 11:34 a.m. (EDT) launch time due to issues relating to the Centaur helium system on the Atlas V rocket it flew on into...

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2011-07-28 09:45:00

NASA, looking forward to launching a Jupiter-bound mission next week, sent the Juno spacecraft to its final destination at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as the agency makes final preparations for the launch. The solar-powered spacecraft was secured in place atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V 55 rocket at 10:42 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. The "most powerful Atlas rocket ever made" is sitting on the launch pad at the base while technicians carry out "a final flurry of checks...

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2011-07-19 11:54:19

Two small NASA probes that had been used to study space weather now are orbiting the moon to study its interior and surface composition. The spacecraft, called Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon's Interaction with the Sun (ARTEMIS), began their journey away from Earth's orbit in July 2009. The first spacecraft entered lunar orbit on June 27, and the second on July 17. Engineers used complex orbit maneuvers to relocate the spacecraft to their new locations....

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2011-05-12 14:55:00

NASA said on Thursday that its Galileo spacecraft has revealed a subsurface ocean of molten, or partially molten, magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io. The research is the first direct confirmation of this kind of magma layer at Io and explains why the moon is the most volcanic object known in the solar system. "Scientists are excited we finally understand where Io's magma is coming from and have an explanation for some of the mysterious signatures we saw in some of the...

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2010-12-29 14:22:23

Ten years ago, on Dec. 30, 2000, NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its closest approach to Jupiter on its way to orbiting Saturn. The main purpose was to use the gravity of the largest planet in our solar system to slingshot Cassini towards Saturn, its ultimate destination. But the encounter with Jupiter, Saturn's gas-giant big brother, also gave the Cassini project a perfect lab for testing its instruments and evaluating its operations plans for its tour of the ringed planet, which began in...


Latest Exploration of Jupiter Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Galileo Probe -- The Galileo probe was an unmanned probe sent by NASA to study the planet Jupiter and its moons. Named after the astronomer Galileo Galilei, it was launched on October 18 1989 by the Space Shuttle Atlantis and arrived at Jupiter on December 7 1995. Galileo's launch had been significantly delayed by the hiatus in Space Shuttle launches that occurred after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and new safety protocols that were implemented as a result forced Galileo to use...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Jupiter's Moon Europa -- Europa is a puzzle. The sixth largest moon in our Solar System, Europa confounds and intrigues scientists. Few bodies in the Solar System have attracted as much scientific attention as this moon of Jupiter because of its possible subsurface ocean of water. The more we learn about this icy moon, the more questions we have. Because the nature of science is to ask questions, we cannot resist the mystery of Europa and its potential for possessing an ocean. Early...

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