Something Smacked into Jupiter! (video)

  On September 13, 2021, many observers, including armature astronomers around the globe, were surprised when they witnessed what was apparently an object hitting Jupiter. Space debris hitting Jupiter happens regularly, but it is rare for amateur astronomers to catch one in the act.  A Brazilian amature astronomer seemingly captured a video of one of those strikes. Jupiter, with its strong gravitational…

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NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for the Europa Clipper Mission


  NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for Earth’s first mission to conduct detailed investigations of Jupiter’s moon Europa.   The Europa Clipper mission will launch in October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The total contract award amount for…

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Scientific Serendipity And New Moons For Jupiter

    Scientific Serendipity And New Moons For Jupiter By Judith E Braffman-Miller Strange things have occurred in the distant domain of the giant gaseous planets that inhabit the outer regions of our Solar System. Far from our Sun, the four worlds twirl in secretive splendor where they rule over their mysterious kingdom of cold darkness. Of the quartet of…

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