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NASA Space Science

Does Jupiter Have More Water Than NASA's Galileo Detected? 51

astroengine writes "Launched in August of last year, NASA's Juno probe is on a Kamikaze mission to go prospecting for water on Jupiter. Although its predecessor, NASA's Galileo spacecraft, took a death-dive into the gas giant it didn't detect any signs of water in its atmosphere. Why? Fran Bagenela, of the University of Colorado, told a group of scientists at the recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Anchorage, Alaska, that the Galileo probe fell at the boundary between one of the brown atmospheric zones and white belts that form a striped pattern across the planet's face. This gap region could have been unusually dry, she added. Now it's up to Juno to investigate when it enters orbit around Jupiter in 2016."
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Does Jupiter Have More Water Than NASA's Galileo Detected?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 25, 2012 @07:10PM (#40446901)

    I'm as interested in Jupiter as any nerd, but it's not as likely a source of life as other places in the solar system.

    Or our concept of life is too limited. Arther C. Clarke in "2010" [] had an interesting concept of what life would be like on Jupiter.

    If your concept of life in other parts of the Universe is bacteria and fellow bald monkeys, then you will never find it. Or to put in another way, having a concept of alien life based upon Hollywood Sci-Fi - like that crap Star Trek - will have you horribly disappointed for all eternity.

Leveraging always beats prototyping.