Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dead World #4

Two (color enhanced) views of Jupiter--the top one an infrared from earth-based telescope, the second from a space probe. Huge, dynamic, alien: there is much we don't yet understand about this massive planet, its atmospheric storms and surface features, but life is undetected and unlikely. Its moon Europa is a better candidate, but only theoretically. Although the planet has been observed from earth for centuries, and several space probes have photographed it since 1979, better knowledge requires future missions. Click photos to enlarge.

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