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August 27 – September 2, 2012 / Vol 31, No 35 / Hawai`i Island, USA

24 Aug 2012, 20:30 UTC
August 27 – September 2, 2012 / Vol 31, No 35 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Jupiter Central to 21st Century Solar System Exploration, Development
The planetary geostrategic center of our Solar System, Jupiter with 66 known moons, accounts for over 70% of planetary mass orbiting the Sun and has great potential to revolutionize the future of civilization and our understanding of life in the Universe. Currently en route to Jupiter, the NASA Juno mission is preparing for two deep space maneuvers: the main engine will fire on August 30 and September 4. The craft is scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in July 2016 and will be the 9th spacecraft to visit the gas giant, only the 2nd to enter orbit. The Europa Jupiter System Mission proposed for launch in 2020 would use dual orbiters to characterize icy moons Europa and Ganymede. Europa, about the size of our Moon, has an icy crust thought to cover a 100 km deep global ocean of liquid water containing 2-3 times the volume of that on Earth. Callisto is tidally locked, hence geologically stable, and with an orbital distance of 1,880,000 km is less effected by the intense radiation belt of the Jovian magnetosphere – two reasons the NASA-ESA Human Outer Planet Exploration mission (NET 2040) proposes landing a ...

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