NASA Issues Trailer In Advance Of Juno Spacecraft’s Entrance Into Jupiter Orbit On July 4th [VIDEO]

Really cool stuff for science nerds! CNN reports:

A spinning, solar-powered spacecraft as wide as a basketball court will arrive at Jupiter on July 4 to study the giant planet and to take the highest-resolution images of Jupiter in history. NASA’s robotic Juno probe is carrying seven science instruments designed to help scientists figure out how Jupiter formed and evolved. The planet is the most massive in our solar system — a huge ball of gas 11 times wider than Earth. Researchers think it was the first planet to form and that it holds clues to how the solar system evolved.

“One of the primary goals of Juno is to learn the recipe for solar systems,” Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, said at a news conference on June 16. “How do you make the solar system? How do you make the planets in our solar system?” Spacecraft have been to Jupiter before, but scientists still are puzzled. What’s going on under Jupiter’s dense clouds? Does it have a solid core? How much water is in its atmosphere? And how deep are those colorful bands and that mysterious giant red spot?

The second clip below has 360掳 control via your cursor.

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Also today, NASA announced a collaboration with Apple that will serve to enhance the agency’s efforts to inform and excite the public about dramatic missions of exploration like Juno. “Destination: Juno” is a synergy between two seemingly disparate worlds: popular music and interplanetary exploration. The works resulting from this collaboration showcase exploratory sounds from artists who have been inspired by Juno and other NASA missions, including Brad Paisley, Corinne Bailey Rae, GZA, Jim James featuring Lydia Tyrell, QUI脩, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Weezer and Zo茅.

Apple has captured moments in this journey with a behind-the-scenes documentary spearheaded by the Juno mission’s principal investigator, Scott Bolton, and scored by Academy Award winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The content is available on various Apple platforms. Other Juno-related content, including educational opportunities with Bill Nye on and an “Interactive Guide to NASA’s Juno Mission,” will roll out over the course of a year and throughout the length of the Juno mission.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    This stuff gives me a Lady Hardon. 馃檪 I am such a geek and I follow all these NASA Missions. This is one I’ve been following and I am excited about. I’m looking forward to some amazing science to come out of this.

    • Me too. I wonder if it’s a trait common to Rebeccas. 馃槈

    • Ginger Snap

      Do you have the BASA app on your phone or tablet? I have it on my Surface and I’m sure it’s available from other app stores. It’s all kinds of stuff from live mission broadcasts to info programs. Check it out if you haven’t already.

  • Sam_Handwich

    wow i had no idea you could that fancy 360 stuff with a youtube video

    i look forward to exploring Uranus next

  • Blake Mason

    Lies… all lies!

  • Those highest-resolution-ever cameras may be the first to detect Mormon settlers on another planet!

  • Treant

    Sadly, we don’t expect Juno to last that long comparatively speaking–it spends its time deep in Jupiter’s (really really strong) radiation and magnetic belts. And those instruments are protected like nothing else we’ve ever sent.

    But wow, I can’t wait to see if we can determine what Jupiter’s core is!

    • Corsair Tact

      It’s diamonds! It’s all diamonds!

      • Treant

        I do love the classics. 馃檪

        I’m dyin’ to find out if it’s H and He all the way down (mostly) or if there’s an actual “solid” core (as solid as you can get with hydrogen ions wearing you away for billions of years).

        Or, if this Jovian world is a failed star or a bloated planet. 馃檪

        • Corsair Tact

          I vote for failed star.

          • Treant

            I actually vote for bloated planet–Jupiter’s really, really small for a failed star (which would range up to about 70-75 Jupiter masses, metal level depending). It’s not even anywhere near a brown dwarf, it’s just a big gas giant.

          • Corsair Tact

            Well I was thinking more along the lines of Sun = Liza Minelli / Jupiter = Lorna Luft

          • Treant

            Hey, the Sun’s really massive as stars go! The Sun is more like Judy Garland. Proxima Centauri is Lorna Luft. Jupiter is Allison Garishartz.

          • Corsair Tact

            Your nerd knows no bounds! So impressive. And kinda hot.

          • Corsair Tact

            Wait… I thought the Sun was kind of middling.

          • Treant

            Top eight percent. The vast majority of stars (75% or so) are piddling little M class dwarfs. Most of the remainder are small orange dwarf K stars. The Sun is class G2, so near the top of the G class. And there simply aren’t many F, A, B, or O stars due to the fact that they form rarely and have short lifespans (so unlike M stars, don’t tend to build up very much).

            I read an estimate that brown dwarf stars outnumber M class stars significantly, and planetary mass stuff far outnumbers brown dwarfs. And so on.

          • Corsair Tact
          • Treant

            Just do NOT get me started on the comparative advantages (and disadvantages) of each stellar type for life worlds. 馃檪

            My great grand uncle was a physicist, so I picked up this on his knee as a kid, although a lot has changed since then. He’d’ve been amazed by Hubble and Spitzer and all the exoplanet discoveries…

          • I’ve occasionally wondered if an intelligent race in a K or M-class system would, at some point, conclude there’s probably no way advanced life could evolve in G-class (and up) systems because the star simply doesn’t burn long enough or stable enough for the many billions of years required for that to happen.

          • Gyeo

            If intelligent life could exist in underground oceans like Enceladus, Europa, Ceres, and (apparently now) Pluto, I wonder if they think surface life like ours would be impossible.

          • Treant

            Heh, ditto. Not to mention all that nasty UV radiation that G-class stars generate, and their end of lifetime instability.

            The definition of “a long time” is an M8 class star with 0.08 times the Sun’s mass. Those puppies burn–dimly and weakly, but burn–for four trillion years.

          • In the far, far distant future…

            “Well you see, students, life — and indeed intelligent life — requires at least 100 billion years to develop. We’re fortunate because our quiet red star is exceedingly stable and will continue to fuse hydrogen for trillions of years. Meanwhile those hotter stars burn out at a mere 10 billion years or less, which isn’t nearly enough time for anything interesting to happen.” 馃槈

          • m_lp_ql_m

            How about a bloated star, say, like, William Shatner?

          • Treant

            That’s a swollen star at the end of its lifespan. So Shatner is more of a red giant.

        • Gyeo

          I vote bloated planet only because it’s about 1/18 the size of those failed brown dwarfs.

      • Corsair Tact

        I wasn’t expecting my bit of wit to be oddly interpreted as HTML code…

      • Gyeo

        You’re thinking of Uranus and Neptune. Those planets have more organics in them and may compress the methane and ethane to the point it rains diamonds and have an ocean of liquid diamonds. http://phys.org/news/2010-01-oceans-liquid-diamond-neptune-uranus.html

        • Treant

          Pedant.

          Take me here. Take me now. No, seriously, I love a good pedant.

          • Gyeo

            Astronomy turns me on.* And I live close enough to the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to message the guys on Scruff there.

            *Which is odd because I’m also terrified by it.

          • Treant

            So.,..what are the rocket scientists like in bed? A good liftoff, great thrust, wonderful insertion, followed a long glide, a slow re-entry, and a gentle return to Earth?

            Um. Is it getting warm in here?

          • Gyeo

            Didn’t have luck with them. They wanted daddies, of which I am not. I’ve only gonna as far as robotic engineers when it comes to STEM guys.

          • Robincho

            Yes…

          • Dayum!

          • Tor

            Which? NASA or Scruff?

        • Corsair Tact

          Yes! Diamonds! Those saps the deBeers don’t stand a chance!

        • Cuberly

          Can we put a petition in to rename Neptune as Liz Taylor?

          Diamonds and all.

      • David Walker

        Beats green cheese.

    • Lazycrockett

      The amount of radiation that Jupiter pumps out is almost unimaginable.

      • Treant

        Fun fact: it’s actually powerful enough to produce antimatter. Theoretically, we could go, collect it, and come home with an energy source. 馃槈

      • Cuberly

        Trump levels?

        (ducks and runs away for polluting thread w/ politics)

    • Robincho

      I, on the other hand, would really like to determine what the core of Uranus is… 馃槈

    • bkmn

      Trump Heavy Metals Refining is very interested too.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Oh, look,I can see an even bigger Uranus. There’s Donald Trump!

    • DaddyRay

      Donald is certainly a Gas Giant

  • JoeMyGod

    There’s Lego people inside Juno! You have scroll around the second clip to see them. One is Lego Galileo!

    • David Walker

      Thanks. I couldn’t find them.

    • Nychta

      I know! When I first saw them in the video I thought they were little ninjas. Jupiter, Juno and Galileo, made of aluminum.

    • Six Pins Delores

      Lego people. OK. Hows about mini IKEA furnishing in order to make them Lego folks comfortable

      馃檪

  • Lazycrockett

    I’m more excited bout this than the July 4th weekend.

  • Gyeo

    I haven’t seen Jupiter from Earth yet but I’m excited to. When I first saw Mars as an actual sphere I was flabbergasted.

    • Treant

      Jupiter is easy-peasy and you can resolve it as a sphere in a decent pair of binoculars. Those will also show you all four Galilean moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto) as they progress around the planet.

      Wait an hour and you should see a difference in Io’s position if you drew it when you saw it.

      • kelven

        I was just going to post as much. It is really cool to see the little moons circling the planet.

        • Treant

          Hey, baby, I have an eight inch Celestron.

          • Robincho

            I’ll bet you do… 馃槈

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            Yup…

  • WebSlinger
    • Rebecca Gardner

      I love Tori Amos soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.
      A guy friend turned to me in the car one day (I think I had the Little Earthquakes CD playing) and said only women can understand this music, I think he’s right.

      • WebSlinger

        This song changed my life in 1992:

        I don’t believe you’re leaving cause me and Charles Manson like the same ice cream
        I think it’s that girl and I think there’re pieces of me you’ve never seen
        Maybe she’s just pieces of me you’ve never seen well

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCn9MwgoKcg

        • Rebecca Gardner

          This song had very special meaning for me at the end of 2005.
          https://youtu.be/MPF_8T2pkAw

          • tim870

            I’m sorry for that. That song still disturbs me.

          • WebSlinger

            I am so sorry…so very sorry…

            Tori expressed emotions, vulnerabilities and realism that few could ever match…

            When I bought this CD that contained this song I was in the middle of grief after the loss of my sister (who is my beloved) and my partner (car accident) all within 2 months….

            I actually stopped the car and called a friend to come and pick me up I was WRECKED

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RTfCaj6beg

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Oh God!!!!!! That was not a good time to be listening to Tori Amos. I am so sorry for your loss. Sister and Partner inside of 2 months? I would have lost it too. *huge hugs*

          • WebSlinger

            Thank you Rebecca…

            I enjoy listening to Tori to this day with my husband who does not understand her true POWER…

      • tim870

        Is he straight? Cause I totally get it. And love it!

  • Gianpiero

    My husband was the engineering lead on Juno through its launch in 2011. He started on the project in 2003, so it has been a long buildup to orbit insertion on Monday. Can’t believe it’s almost here (or rather, there)!

    • sherman

      Congrats!

    • MT YVR

      He’s a ROCKSTAR! Woo! Tell him congrats!

      • Marinda Surrett

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    • Joseph Miceli

      You tell him congratulations from me! His dedication is what pushes humanity forward and makes us all richer.

    • Capritaur

      That’s so cool!

    • Robincho

      On company time, I’m sure your husband’s mind is on Juno. But when he walks out of the office door, I’m equally sure his mind is on Uranus… 馃槈

      • I really wish they’d named that planet Ouranos as was debated at the time…

      • JCF

        A “long buildup to…insertion” in Uranus!

        [Why yes, I am 10 years old! Times 5 and change]

    • Very cool.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      A long buildup to orbit insertion… sounds like patient enjoyable foreplay.

    • Cuberly

      Fingers crossed, so excited to see this happen. Break a leg, or an antenna or, well, don’t break and antenna or solar panel or…well…you know what I mean.

    • sfbob

      Very cool. I’m sure your husband is very proud of the work he’s done. Back in the ’60s my dad worked for Grumman Aerospace. He was one of the people who helped design the lunar lander.

    • Tor

      Awesomely cool. Nice to be related to such fame!

    • KQCA

      You know what they say. “Behind every successful man or woman is a good same-sex lover.”

    • NancyP

      Congrats to him. Go, LGBT nerds! (I am one too, but life sciences)
      So for everyone’s enjoyment, the biggest aurora in the Solar System, from Juno’s UV camera:
      http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/06/jupe-lights/489413/
      Click on the short movie (10 sec)

  • sherman

    This should be good. The photos from planet Pluto were amazing.

  • DaddyRay

    Science!

  • HAAAAAAA

    -.-.-.

    • And he liked Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune too!

    • Nychta

      Thanks for the laugh!

  • DaddyRay

    Jupiter Orbital Insertion – JOI

    Sounds Hot

  • TKW

    My first internship in college was a semester at NASA in Moffett Field in the late 70s, working in the darkroom processing images beamed back from Jupiter from Voyager. I feel fortunate having played a wee role in the whole space mission thingy. I think I still have images I pilfered out somewhere.

    • rabbit_ears

      Now that IS awesome! I sat staring in gobsmacked wonder at those new pictures as a teen. Thanks for doing that you made me a very happy geek kid 馃檪

  • Ninja0980

    Am I still the only person that thinks Pluto should still be a planet?

    • Hue-Man

      Does Pluto care?

      • Ninja0980

        I’ll ask him when I go to Disney in a couple of months.

        • David Walker

          Can’t resist. Please stay with it to the end.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vudJivvHWqI

          • rabbit_ears

            I miss that show!

          • sherman

            It’s being rerun on IFC, about 6 episodes every Saturday morning.

          • rabbit_ears

            I just remember it being cancelled because the flamers in the religious right hated seeing us gay types on tv.

          • sherman

            Is anyone surprised about Goofy?

          • TuuxKabin

            Fucking Minnie Mouse?

          • David Walker

            Not for a second.

          • Cuberly

            Katherine Helmond, so miss her. She was so great on Soap, and even better in Time Bandits and Brazil.

          • Jerry

            Pluto was fucking goofy…

    • DaddyRay

      Thanks Obama

    • Treant

      You are not. Although I think only because it should have been grandfathered in. Really, by mass and orbit, it’s not a planet.

      Technically, by orbital clearance, neither is Neptune…but someday it will be…

    • Gyeo

      I agree with Phil Plait on this subject: Explain what a planet is first and then we can determine if something is or isn’t a planet. But basically, it’s kinda arbitrary and things change too often. I mean technically Triton was a planet/dwarf planet up until Neptune decided to steal it for itself.

    • sherman

      I would accept a compromise, trade names with Uranus. Hate that name, let’s banish it to the former planet Pluto.

    • Cuberly

      Have read some articles that some are contesting the classification, especially after the complexity of the surface images that were returned by New Horizons. There is hope. 馃槈

    • HAAAAAAA
  • RemusL

    I’ve already seen the movie – Jupiter Ascending – it wasn’t that good. ;1

  • Soren456

    OT, but: this leads to NASA 3D images.

    If you have blue-and-red 3D glasses (available at Amazon and elsewhere), these really do pop.

    Lots of amazing things, and fun.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Promises to be quite the party.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I wish we could flip the military and the NASA budget. We’d have space colonies by now.

    • DaddyRay

      It is probably a blessing it isn’t, they would just mange to blow it up or fill it with trash

    • Robincho

      You won’t be finding MY gay ass on any of those colonies, but this!^^^^…

      • DaddyRay

        Where do you think Glitter comes from

        • Tor

          Easy. Satan.

    • If we had off-world colonies or even permanent civilian orbital habitats, I’d so be there instead of here.

      • canoebum

        Well, yeah…but what if you got posted to some habitat only to discover there were Republicans there too?

  • rabbit_ears

    If you want to hear how beautiful and serene Jupiter sounds (and other planets and moon in our solar system) give this a listen.

    From an original CD: JUPITER NASA-VOYAGER SPACE SOUNDS (1990) BRAIN/MIND Research
    Fascinating
    recording of Jupiter sounds (electromagnetic “voices”) by NASA-Voyager.
    The complex interactions of charged electromagnetic particles from the
    solar wind , planetary magnetosphere etc. create vibration
    “soundscapes”. It sounds very interesting, even scary.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3fqE01YYWs

  • So rad. One day we will have an orbiting station. Probably not in my lifetime…but…still…

    • rabbit_ears

      Have to learn how to shield it from Jupiter’s radiation belts first. Thats a problem.

      • If they can do it on Star Trek we can do it! That’s my motto.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Dream big. Why build a station….when there are so many moons to choose from. Get one of the smaller ones and dig in. Free material and free shielding in microgravity!

    • David Walker

      Unless the proudly ignorant, anti-science, pro-Intelligent Design dummies take over.

      • Well, there’s that, but there’s also mass extinction as we’re slowly murdering ourselves with climate change, but I *was* trying to look on the bright side. 馃檪

        • rabbit_ears

          Earth isn’t the only one having climate changes lately. Jupiter has lost a couple of colour bands, and gained an extra spot and has started emitting strange new sounds. Saturn’s super storm occurs regularly at perihelion, but arrived 10 years early this time was bigger than expected and lasted longer than expected. Uranus has anomalous storm activity and enhanced auroral activity. Venus’ maximum wind speeds have increased 33% since we noticed global warming and its rotation speed has begun to slow. Also during the time Earth has been warming, Mars has warmed up faster. So it looks like a solar system wide change of some sort.
          http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070228-mars-warming.html

          • Interesting. Thanks for the link, I’ll take a look. I still think a lot of our warming has to do with humans here though.

          • Octavio

            Strange new sounds? Jupiter is farting?

          • rabbit_ears

            Yes! Godlike farts!

          • Treant

            There’s a new major storm on Neptune as well. But most of these changes are well within normal limits. Earth…wellllll…..

            Mars’ climate has been changing as expected. It’s coming out of an orbital ice age–it’s basically just about Groundhog’s Day in terms of long-term climate there, or the day when the winter turns from harsh to not so harsh.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Somehow, I don’t think fitting the “Ark Experience” with thrusters is going to work…even with prayer.

        • sherman

          Living a couple of hours away, we get treated to TV commercials for “40 days and 40 nights of savings” for the coming opening of the Ark Encounter.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Isn’t it good to know that your taxes paid for that ridiculous piece of shit?

          • ZRAinSWVA

            I’m even seeing commercials for the damn thing in Virginia!

        • Cuberly

          OMG, did you hear the admission for the Ark Experience is going to be $40+parking?

          WTF!

          But in order for Ken Ham to get his tax breaks he has to show a minimum profit along with attendance. So basically he’s shaking down the opening rush, before it becomes the albatross that the Creation Museum has become.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Hmmmm. Maybe I can pay 5.00 NOT to see it.
            Ken Ham and the state officials that pushed this lunacy all need to be in jail.

          • Cuberly

            True, but the desperation Ham is incorporating is rather delicious. His target market can’t really afford for a family of 4 to spend 160 bucks to tour a bunch of static display nonsense. HA!

            Me thinks most evangelicals will park off site to take pictures of the ark, then toodle on down to the Waffle House.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Yay Wafflehouse!
            Those women work hard.

  • Itsatarp

    “Jupiter? Been there, done that.”

    • rabbit_ears

      Florida doesn’t count. 馃槈 Next take a trip to Vulcan Alberta.

      • David Walker

        Yeah, but Burt Reynolds’ dinner theater is fabulous.

    • Octavio

      I still have a major man crush on Keir Dullea. I’d still do him. 馃檪

      • rabbit_ears

        I had a thing for him in “The Starlost”. I loved that show as a kid.

        • Octavio

          That’s interesting. I’ve never heard of this Canadian series. Thanks.

          • It’s…um, pretty bad. Harlan Ellison was involved early on, then demanded his name be removed from any association with it.

            Interesting concept, but destroyed utterly by cardboard-set budgets, horrible bluescreen FX, and even worse writing.

            As a kid, starved for SciFi in the desert-like post ‘Trek years, I also watched it obsessively.

          • rabbit_ears

            I just loved that show and still do, bad FX and all, but I stared in absolute wonder at it and loved the story. I have the DVD’s here, so I have an uber geek card or something.

            Oh and I loved the soundtrack too. Eery early electronic stuff.

          • Remember U.F.O.? The series set in the ultra-futuristic world of the year 1980, which apparently was very much like 1970, only way the hell more Mod?

            The premise of the show, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (who were best known previously for their marionette kids shows) is aliens are looking to invade Earth and harvest human beings for replacement parts…mainly. Most of the shows involve three laughly crude spinning UFO models being shot at by exactly three Moonbase missile interceptors, which invariably miss one of the saucers. And then something bad happens.

            I have that DVD set. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. Actually, one of their best episodes is one in which the commander of SHADO, Straker, suddenly has hallucinations that he’s an actor on a show, complete with sets and everything.

            Yes, I also have their other show, “Space: 1999”, both seasons. The physics of our moon being blasted out of orbit by a nuclear waste dump was ridiculous, but what the hell. I still liked it.

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            Michael Billington was a main attraction on UFO.
            http://ufoseries.com/publicity/foster_sauna.jpg

            The opening credits are a good indication of what you’ll see.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slYW7kkHyI4

          • Lt. Gay Ellis made me all squidgy, which was confusing at the time. 馃槈

            http://chronocops.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ufo-skirt.jpg

          • rabbit_ears

            Yes! We have reached Geek Nirvana here at JMG! 馃榾

            I loved all that stuff and still do today. Geek Pride!

          • Octavio

            That’s OK. The first time I saw Dr. Who was in 1980 as I recovered in a darkened hotel room at the Flamingo from a severe sunburn. I was on a bicycle tour and stupidly took off my T-shirt for 30 minutes while rolling into town. I thought Dr. Who (in black and white) was a local production cobbled together by students at UNLV. It had similar cardboard sets that wobbled and the most atrocious scenery eating actors who weren’t worthy of a college production of Our Town. 馃檪

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Yes, Hal.

      • Itsatarp

        I hear you! I saw him not too long ago, he’s held up pretty well.

    • Cuberly
      • Itsatarp

        “My God. It’s full of stars”

  • Joseph Miceli

    Meanwhile, over at the edge of the outer solar system, Pluto’s moon Charon has been found to have its own “Grand Canyon” about 100 miles longer than Earths and about 5 times deeper at 5.5 miles!

    What an incredible universe we live in!

    http://www.nasa.gov/feature/a-super-grand-canyon-on-pluto-s-moon-charon

    • rabbit_ears

      And we only see a tiny portion of it. That is mindblowing.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
    • Sam_Handwich

      it would be the best movement if the others weren’t so cool, too

    • rabbit_ears

      I’m kind of partial to Mars, Bringer of War myself.

      • billbear1961
        • rabbit_ears

          Aww thank you Mr. Billbear! You know the way to a bunny’s heart 馃檪

          • billbear1961

            XO

            馃檪

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          I heard Ancient Greeks actually used to paint those statues with flesh tones and hair color. It sounds so gaudy that I’m glad the paint flaked off.

          • billbear1961

            The Romans did, as well, I think (this is the emperor Hadrian as Mars).

            Yes, I don’t believe paint would be an improvement; but, then, we’re so used to them the way they are now.

    • Sam_Handwich

      btw, i’m partial to Uranus and the organ glissando in the middle that no one ever hears

    • billbear1961
      • rabbit_ears

        The ultimate papabear 馃檪

        • billbear1961

    • Cuberly

      Um, back in the dark ages, I was a member of a modern dance troupe, for a short period of time. I was soooo not good, but I could do the lifts and leap like a gazelle. Anyway, we did a piece using this and some of Holst’s other works.

      I think I just related my modern dance PTSD experience.

  • bkmn

    Remember that the fundie Christers think science is evil since it exposes so many of their lies.

    • At times, I’ve concluded a lot of ’em haven’t gotten over the “Earth is not the center of the universe” news.

      And some appear even to be flat-Earthers.

      • Octavio

        Let’s face it. Their biggest problem is not realizing they aren’t the center of the Universe.

        • That_Looks_Delicious
        • Then they have to realize that the earth is located in a back-water spiral arm 2/3s the way out from the center.

          • rabbit_ears

            Its sooo unfashionable here.

          • Treant

            In a very small cluster of galaxies that’s barely a spur of a decent one, but hardly the largest supercluster out there. In an ever-expanding Universe that can’t even be arsed to keep the galaxies in the same visible Universe as ours for terribly long.

          • And that’s why I don’t find the idea of an anthropomorphic super-deity whose existence cannot be proven, never mind ‘his’ omnipotence or omniscience at all impressive. It’s easy to personify a god in our own very human and limited image.

            But sometimes at clear nights, I go outside and look up and feel so very, very small looking at the thousands of stars I can see with the naked eye. Then I get out my wide-field astronomy binoculars, look up, and see what has to be hundreds of thousands of stars in just our galaxy alone. Or I’ll locate Andromeda and realize it’s another galaxy like ours, with around 100 billion stars. Then I’ll go look at the maps of the Virgo Cluster which my wife worked on during her doctorate years, with its thousands of galaxies. And then the new huge sky-maps showing what looks like millions of galaxies like ours, in vast sheets and tendrils of galactic clusters. Trillions upon trillions of stars, and even that number isn’t high enough — the current guess is somewhere around 100 OCTILlION (10e29) stars, and even that’s been said likely to be too low.

            I feel even more insignificant, and yet here I am, a consciousness capable of realizing just how small I am relative to the Universe itself — and now we think ours might just be one universe in a limitless sea of multiverses.

            In a Universe like this, why would any omnipotent being limit itself (themselves?) to a mere humanoid form, with all its obvious design flaws and imperfections? It’s ridiculous. As is the idea we could even comprehend such a being…or that it would care personally exactly how it was worshiped by ephemeral, short-lived biological beings on one tiny and rather unimportant planet.

            The Cosmos is what I feel is worthy of ‘worship’, for lack of a better term. Or at least a proper sense of appreciation, humility and perspective.

          • ZRAinSWVA

            What I am humbled by is the power of the human mind and the wondrous things we’ve been able to achieve. This mission being a prime example. Meanwhile we still have folks who believe the moon landings were faked (sigh).

          • There’s bugger-all down here on earth
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvwH8Qij0JY

      • RainbowPhoenix

        You’re right. Twenty percent of Americans still believe in geocentrism.

  • nycmcmike

    Not sure if the video or anyone else pointed out the coolest thing about Juno…

    All of Jupiter’s moons are named after his lover so NASA sent Juno, his wife, to check them out.

    • billbear1961

      There will be hell to pay!

      Hades??

      馃檪

      EDIT: Pluto, I guess, since we’re doing Roman names!

  • Hue-Man

    O/T Saw this on PBS Nightly Business Report tonight (Thursday). It’s being reported on business and finance sites.

    “U.S. regulators are investigating a fatal accident involving a Tesla
    Motors Inc. sedan that was driving on autopilot, drawing scrutiny to a
    key technology the electric-vehicle maker is betting on for the future
    of self-driving cars.

    The crash involved a 40-year-old Ohio man who was killed when his 2015 Model S drove under the trailer of an 18-wheeler on a highway near Williston, Florida, according to a Florida Highway Patrol statement.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-30/nhtsa-opens-investigation-into-fatal-crash-in-tesla-on-autopilot

    • DaddyRay

      I want them to perfect this technology so when the time comes that I should no longer be driving I will still have my freedom

      • Then we will have flying cars! There is not a chance in hell that people who can’t navigate in 2D could drive in 3D. The cars will have to be self-driving AND locked tight so the dick-wads can’t pee out the window (and/or worse).

      • rabbit_ears

        I’m waiting for transporters myself. I just want to beam everywhere!

  • Cuberly

    Been anxiously watching the tweets and visiting JPL and NASA pages for updates. LUVS this stuff.

    https://1648o73kablq2rveyn64glm1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ScienceSymbol.jpg

    • Joseph Miceli

      You should have seen me on the lead up to New Horizons. They got SO tired of me posting on Facebook!

      • Cuberly

        Ha! I hear ya.

        And New Horizons data is still being processed and released, total geekgasim.

      • Cuberly
        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
          • Cuberly

            John Waters to mission control!

        • Joseph Miceli

          Thank you! What a great feed to follow!

          • Cuberly

            lol…

        • Six Pins Delores

          Comet – it makes your teeth turn green!;
          Comet – it tastes like gasoline!;
          Comet – it makes you vomit;
          So buy some Comet, and vomit, today!

          • Cuberly

            Rather fitting for rotten eggs stinky rock in space….it could use some cleaning.

          • Six Pins Delores

            Yes. 馃檪

  • Cuberly

    Anything science or space or funtastic geekism warrants a revisit to hot JPL guy.

    http://i3.ytimg.com/vi/ZlsaLs5DqCo/hqdefault.jpg
    http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/000/592/837/b67.jpg

    • Joseph Miceli

      Who shall be forever after known as “Hot JPL Guy.”

      • Cuberly

        Oh hells yeah, he’s one tall drink of dihydrogen monoxide.

    • rabbit_ears

      I’m quite fond of Matt Taylor the guy who landed the Philae lander on 67p and got scolded by losers for the shirt he wore.

      • Cuberly

        It was a bad choice on his part, but his apology was gob smacking. He was so humiliated and obviously distraught. He’s a good guy. Good hot guy actually.

        • rabbit_ears

          He was quite upset for a very long time actually. He stopped posting on Twitter for a couple of months I think. The shirt was a gift one of his friends made for him and he wanted to show it off. He’s a super nice guy, and super hot 馃槈

          • Cuberly

            That first conference he gave was a tear jerker. I felt so bad for him. Was rather apparent he didn’t want to draw focus away from the gravity of the mission.

          • rabbit_ears

            He’s a real sweetheart, I just wish he was family but alas.. 馃槈

        • NancyP

          I googled the shirt, and Lord, 1. non-professional 2. UGLY 3. sexist and apt to be resented by the women scientists there. Too reminiscent of gaming bro’s – this was at the time when a few women gamers and journalists were getting death threats for suggesting that there should be more diversity in games personae. So – bad judgement there – he deserved to be embarrassed for a bit. Next time he will present himself and his agency in a professional manner, no doubt.

    • SoCalGal20

      I follow him on twitter. His handle is tweetsoutloud (for those who don’t know). Love him!

    • Treant

      I root-trimmed and repotted a hibiscus, don’t look at me like that.

      • Cuberly

        I always look at you like that…..and it’s not a bad thing. 馃槈

  • DaddyRay

    This is just another reason why I love JMG – we let our geek flags fly proudly

    • It’s also nice when we can all set aside the politics for a little while, remember we’re still kinda fambly.

      • rabbit_ears

        Geeky children fambly 馃檪

      • DaddyRay

        So true – we have a long 4 months ahead of us so it is nice to take a break from politics

      • Treant

        Post the convention we’ll be extremely unified and any Trump supporters will be dealt with post haste and with extreme prejudice.

        Just as it should be.

        Alas, some people will never come off my block list as they’re incapable of coherent discussion.

  • Paula

    I hope they have learned the difference between miles and kilometers.

    • rabbit_ears

      Whats a “mile”?

      • An archaic measure of distance, not unlike the cubit, the furlong, and the morgen.

  • Here’s some more geeky goodness, courtesy of Scott Manley:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKKg4lZ_o-Y

    In the original version, which he first posted five years ago, he explains:

    Video Created by Scott Manley, this is a view of the solar system showing the locations of all the asteroids starting in 1980 (the latest version goes back to 1970 (ibid)), as asteroids are discovered they are added to the map and highlighted white so you can pick out the new ones.
    The final colour of an asteroids indicates how closely it comes to the inner solar system.
    Earth Crossers are Red
    Earth Approachers (Perihelion less than 1.3AU) are Yellow
    All Others are Green

    Notice now the pattern of discovery follows the Earth around its orbit, most discoveries are made in the region directly opposite the Sun. You’ll also notice some clusters of discoveries on the line between Earth and Jupiter, these are the result of surveys looking for Jovian moons. Similar clusters of discoveries can be tied to the other outer planets, but those are not visible in this video.

    As the video moves into the mid 1990’s we see much higher discovery rates as automated sky scanning systems come online. Most of the surveys are imaging the sky directly opposite the sun and you’ll see a region of high discovery rates aligned in this manner.

    At the beginning of 2010 a new discovery pattern becomes evident, with discovery zones in a line perpendicular to the Sun-Earth vector. These new observations are the result of the WISE (Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer) which is a space mission that’s tasked with imaging the entire sky in infrared wavelengths.

    The scale of the video at 1080P resolution is roughly 1million kilometers per pixel, and each second of video corresponds to 60 days.

    Enjoy!

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Someone said to beware of geeks bearing gifts. 馃槵

      That certainly doesn’t apply to you, and to this.

      • You’re very welcome, Claude. And you’re most kind.

    • Cuberly

      This is one of the reasons I’m astounded we have so many successful missions without the probe etc. smacking into something.

      • Treant

        I do remember reading that the chances of whacking into an asteroid–even if you just jet blindly through the asteroid belt–are one in millions.

        Not knowing the average cross-sectional area of an asteroid, nor the distribution by inclination to the ecliptic, I couldn’t say–but space is large, asteroids are small, and what we throw would be designed to miss all known asteroids anyway. So I’d think impacts would be really unlikely.

        • It’s just further evidence as to the vastness of space. Hundreds of thousands of detectable objects — and yet space itself remains, on average, almost completely empty, save for dust and the occasional gas molecules.

    • BobSF_94117

      We’re doomed! Which we already were, of course, but still…

      • canoebum

        Yeah. Red are the Earth orbit crossers. We’re fucked. Enjoy life while you have it.

    • ZRAinSWVA

      Awesome! Go Science!!!

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Hopefully this is a precursor to similar missions to the other three giant planets. Uranus and Neptune haven’t received any orbiters at all.

    • rabbit_ears

      Amen to that! I want long term Cassini style missions out there!

    • TuuxKabin

      I’m looking forward to the journey to the center of Uranus. Should be quite a probe.

      • RainbowPhoenix

        I curse Johann Elert Bode’s name.

        • TuuxKabin

          A street theatre group in SF in the late 60’s, early 70’s, The Cockettes (their motto was, ‘let them eat cock’) put on a parody of the movie, ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’, a Disney production, titled ‘Journey to the Center of Uranus’, was an awful production, but the drag and FX for the time, very clever.

          Hadn’t heard of Johann Elert Bode, so I Googled it, reading up on him. His birthday, January 19, ALMOST puts him into Aquarius, and Uranus is ruled by the planet Uranus. So? Going to check this out further, thanks for the leading link. Something to read while this thunderstorms rattles the building.

          • RainbowPhoenix

            I curse the fact that he didn’t suggest the name Caelus instead.

  • safari

    O/T: Sarah Palin will be on the panel of the Baldwin reboot of Match Game this summer. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/sarah-palin-maverick-y-blanked-match-game-article-1.2693995

    • “We now return you to the Apocalypse, already in progress.”

      • ZRAinSWVA

        I am so stealing that…

    • rabbit_ears

      Make sure you stock up on your favourite word salad dressing.

    • DaddyRay

      Those poor contestants will never get a match with Sarah

  • JCF

    The Kewlness!

  • Mark

    I’m holding out for warp drive….and I want to hear somebody say…. “Punch it”

  • TheManicMechanic

    Of course this makes my very outward inner geek giddy with glee. But I got sidetracked with the description, “a huge ball of gas 11 times wider than Earth” and figured that described Brian Brown and a lot of his ilk to a T.

    Then I came back to Earth, so to speak.

  • M Jackson

    Huh. And to think that all of it began just 6000 years ago.

    • well, the earth was flat back then, and when the flood came it washed all of jeebus’ dinosaurs off the side that faces jupiter. nasa sure is gonna be surprised when they find them all there.

      • BobSF_94117

        Wait till the craft swings around behind Jupiter and sees that it’s just hung there by golden threads tied to unicorns!

  • Cuberly
    • safari

      I thought there was a partial injunction a couple days ago…?

      • Cuberly

        i don’t recall that, but the article pretty much describes the judge putting the kibosh on it.

  • rabbit_ears
  • ECarpenter

    This is only interesting to “science nerds”? Well, thanks Joe.

    • Ditto So I’m a science nerd. Shoot me.

      (Sorry, but having spent a career in the art business, I’m finding that my favorite museum to visit here in Chicago is the Field Museum of Natural History.)

      • Steve Teeter

        Hm, maybe my next trip. Just got back from a trip to Chicago to go to the Museum of Science and Industry and see the U-505. I first read about the capture of that U-boat when I was about 12. Now I’m pushing 60, so you could say that seeing and touring that submarine was a lifelong ambition.

        • When I was a kid (grew up in what was then a small town near Chicago and is now a bedroom suburb), we used to make regular trips into the city to visit the museums — Science and Industry, the Field, the Shedd Aquarium. (Ironically, I never visited the Art Institute until I moved to the city in college.) Haven’t been to S&I for decades, but I remember going through the U-505 and the coal mine.

  • j.martindale

    OT, but did you SEE what has happened in Mississippi! Federal Judge has declared “religious freedom” act unconstitutional! The first of many decisions that will prevent these freedom to discriminate laws from ever being enforced. It was a TERRIFIC and broad decision that says that the law gave special rights to one religious sect, which holds discriminatory views toward LGBT citizens, while giving NO rights or protections to other religions that don’t hold those views. The law denies equal protection to LGBT citizens, and empowers the state to have a two tiered system: one for straight people and one for gay. CNN is all over it!

  • canoebum

    I am so jazzed about this! I’ll be having a small JOI party with pizza and Prosecco. This is big. If you don’t already have the NASA Eyes app, I highly recommend getting it. It’s very well done. Check out that orbit on Sedna.

    • The_Wretched

      “JOI” per urban dictionary?

      • canoebum

        Jupiter Orbital Insertion. Very sexy!

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Growing up in Florida I saw the early rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. This is very exciting.

  • Secure

    I CAN’T WAIT to see the Hi-Res photos from this mission! I hope they turn out incredible. Good luck NASA!

  • Leo Tallant

    Invading an alien world on Independence Day? It’s already been done……twice 馃槈

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