Jupiter: Latest Discoveries and Photos

Learn the latest discoveries about Jupiter and the Jovian moons and rings. The gas giant Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system.
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Jupiter's Moons Perform Shadow Dances This Week
Jupiter Double Shadow Transit #1
May 20th, 2015
Jupiter's rapidly moving moons constantly surprise us with their dance around the giant planet. There will be two spectacular shadow plays this week.
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Tiny Cubesats Set to Explore Deep Space
Lunar Flashlight Mission
May 11th, 2015
Small and economical "cubesats" already eye our planet from orbit. But such bantam craft are about to start pushing out into deep space, helping researchers study and explore the moon, asteroids and other distant bodies.
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Europa's Elusive Water Plume Paints Grim Picture For Life
Artist's concept of plume above Europa
May 6th, 2015
The water plume seen on Jupiter's moon Europa in 2013 may have been a rare event, which implies the satellite may be a solid ball of ice and inhospitable to life.
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Exoplanet Puzzle: How Is This Giant Alien Planet Too Big for Its Star?
HATS-6 Exoplanet
May 20th, 2015
A giant alien planet is seemingly too big for its cool dwarf star, raising questions about how it could possibly have formed. Further investigation of this odd exoplanet could help scientists understand how planets form, researchers said.
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NASA Funds 'Squid Rover,' 14 Other Far-Out Space Tech Ideas
'Squid Rover' for Europa Exploration
May 11th, 2015
The new ideas funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program include a squid-like amphibious rover that could explore icy, ocean-harboring moons such as the Jupiter satellite Europa.
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Jupiter Moon Europa's Dark Lines May Be Salt from Underground Sea
Europa’s Icy, Mysterious Surface
May 13th, 2015
The reddish-brown lines that crisscross the icy surface of Europa may be radiation-blasted sea salt from the Jupiter moon's underground ocean. Radiation-blasted salt turned dark during a lab experiment that mimicked Europa conditions.
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Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?
Solar System Montage by NASA
May 9th, 2015
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
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In Search for Alien Life, Follow the Water
Mars’ Ancient Ocean
April 30th, 2015
The search for life beyond Earth homes in on water, whose unique properties make it critical to life as we know it and whose abundance throughout the solar system is becoming increasingly clear to scientists.
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