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August 2020 - September 2022

Jupiter, named after the king of the ancient Roman gods, is the largest planet in our solar system. Often referred to as “the gas giant” due to its makeup of mostly hydrogen and helium gases. The most notable feature of Jupiter is its “Great Red Spot,” which is an enormous storm that is twice as wide as Earth, where wind speeds can reach over 400 mph.

The planet has been visited by many unmanned spacecraft, including Ulysses, Galileo, Cassini, and many more.

Traditional life here has been deemed unlikely due to the harsh conditions and makeup of the planet.

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Space Explored Podcast 49: DART hits an asteroid, Artemis 1 rolls back, more

This week Seth and Jared discuss NASA’s “Hollywood moment,” by crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid all in the name of science! Also, Artemis 1 is still on the pad, with weather predictions worsening for NASA.



Jupiter will soon make its closest approach to Earth in 59 years

Soon, Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, will make its closest approach to Earth in nearly six decades. The gas giant, which is about 600 million miles (965.6 million kilometers) away at its furthest, will rise at almost half that Monday night.

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See rings, moons, and even auroras in Webb’s latest image of Jupiter

Hey, remember that giant telescope that launched on Christmas and blew our minds with awesome galaxy photos? Well, it’s back. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope shared its official images of the king of gas giants, Jupiter. The Webb telescope continues to blow our minds with every new picture release.

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NASA’s Juno Mission reveals new information about Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and more

New information obtained from the Juno mission has unveiled the atmospheric processes behind Jupiter’s stripes, polar cyclones, and even the Great Red Spot.  

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NASA to reveal new findings in Jupiter’s atmosphere on Thursday

NASA has announced that it will hold a virtual media briefing to discuss new findings from the Juno spacecraft.

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is swirling faster and scientists don’t know why

The famed Hubble Space Telescope is tasked with keeping an eye on many important objects in the Universe, including Jupiter and its stormy red eye. After more than a decade of observations and collecting data, NASA has discovered that the gas giant’s Great Red Spot is speeding up.

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Lucy in the sky with asteroids: NASA’s mission to Jupiter’s Trojans

Like fossils here on Earth, asteroids, comets, and other primordial bodies act as time capsules to trace the origins of our solar system. NASA’s upcoming Lucy mission, currently scheduled for an October lift-off, is setting out to do just that.

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A spectrometer has successfully been installed on NASA’s Lucy spacecraft

NASA’s Lucy mission is primed to be the first space mission to study the Trojan asteroids around Jupiter. Today the mission moved one step closer to its launch following the successful integration of the L’TES instrument into the spacecraft.

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Saturn and Jupiter will appear closer than they have in hundreds of years during this winter solstice

This year’s winter solstice will bring something special in regards to the planets in our solar system. Saturn and Jupiter will be appearing closer in the night sky than they have since July 16, 1623.

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NASA Lucy mission on track to study Trojan asteroids at Jupiter’s distance from Sun

NASA is planning to embark a spacecraft on a 12-year journey starting next year on a first-of-its-kind mission called Lucy. The Lucy spacecraft will flyby and study distant asteroids in our Solar System as part of a mission to learn more about the origins of our planet and species.

The space agency shared a status update on the upcoming Lucy mission today as the mission team passed a major milestone that puts the launch on schedule for a launch in October 2021.

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