sep 012012
 
Jupiter-Bound Spacecraft Changes its Orbit

  On August 30, navigators and mission controllers for NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter watched their computer screens as their spacecraft successfully performed its first deep-space maneuver. This first firing of Juno’s main engine is one of two planned to refine the spacecraft’s trajectory, setting the stage for a gravity assist from a On August [continue reading]

mei 302012
 
Arctic Bacteria Help in the Search for Life on moon Europa

  In a fjord in Canada scientists have found a landscape similar to one of Jupiter’s icy moons: Europa. It consists of a frozen and sulfurous environment, where sulfur associated with Arctic bacteria offer clues for the upcoming missions in the search for traces of life on Europa. Artist’s concept of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech [continue reading]

mei 032012
 
Jupiter's icy moons are Europe's next large science mission

  Jupiter’s icy moons are the focus of Europe’s next large science mission, ESA announced. Artist’s impression of JUICE   The Jupiter Icy moons Explorer – JUICE – was selected over two other candidates: NGO, the New Gravitational wave Observatory, to hunt for gravitational waves, and ATHENA, the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics. JUICE is [continue reading]

apr 022012
 
How Deep Must Life Hide to be Safe on Europa?

  Jupiter’s icy moon is subject to constant and significant blasts of radiation. A new experiment attempts to determine how deep life must lay beneath the crust in order to survive. This will be important for future missions looking for life on Europa. Considered one of the best potential sources for extraterrestrial life in the [continue reading]

mrt 312012
 
Simulations unravel mysteries of 2009 Jupiter impact

  HST image taken on July 23rd 2009 showing the impact “scar” on Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Wong, H. Hammel, I. de Pater, and the Jupiter Impact Team During July of 1994, both amateur and professional astronomers were captivated as comet Shoemaker/Levy 9 broke apart and slammed into the atmosphere of Jupiter. While [continue reading]